How to Save a Planet


Does climate change freak you out? Want to know what we, collectively, can do about it? Us, too. How to Save a Planet is a podcast that asks the big questions: What do we need to do to solve the climate crisis, and how do we get it done? Join us, journalist Alex Blumberg and scientist and policy nerd Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, as we scour the earth for solutions, talk to people who are making a difference, ask hard questions, crack dumb jokes and — episode by episode — figure out how to build the future we want.

Gimlet Media

20 Episodes


05/07/2021 | 39 MINS

Presenting: No Place Like Home

This week, we’re sharing some wisdom from Sherri Mitchell. Sherri is an Indigenous rights attorney, author, activist, and contributor to the book Ayana co-edited, All We Can Save. In this conversation,... more

It’s listener mail time! This week, we’re digging into a mysterious email one listener received from their utility about renewable natural gas. Can natural gas actually be renewable, or is... more

04/22/2021 | 54 MINS

Where’s Our Climate Anthem?

Social movements are often bolstered by anthems, songs that help unite people and remind them of what they are fighting for. In this episode, we take a look at one... more

This week, we’re talking about oil pipelines. From the fight against Keystone XL to Standing Rock, pipeline protests have been central to the climate movement in the U.S. But they’ve... more

04/08/2021 | 53 MINS

Presenting: Stolen

This week, we’re sharing a Spotify Exclusive from another Gimlet podcast, Stolen: The Search for Jermain. In 2018, a young Indigenous mother named Jermain Charlo left a bar in Missoula,... more

04/01/2021 | 69 MINS

Presenting: Outside/In

It's one of the most important Supreme Court cases you may never have heard of: Massachusetts v. Environmental Protection Agency. The ruling held that the U.S. government could regulate greenhouse... more

03/25/2021 | 44 MINS

The Beef with Beef

A quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture and land use – and a big portion of those emissions come from producing meat. Adopting a plant-based diet is... more

03/18/2021 | 46 MINS

Is Your Carbon Footprint BS?

This week we tackle a sibling debate: Do your individual actions matter when it comes to climate change? Or is it all about big, systemic change? In this episode, we... more

If you put a plastic bag in a bin outside your grocery store - will it really end up being recycled? Are some utilities trying to sabotage the solar industry?... more

03/04/2021 | 60 MINS

Presenting: A Matter of Degrees

Presenting: A Matter of Degrees What happens if your electric utility starts doing things you don’t agree with? What if they start attacking solar and proposing to build more and... more

So, what do you do with 579 pounds of seaweed? In our last episode, we ventured into the ocean to learn how seaweed farming can help solve climate change. In part... more

02/18/2021 | 53 MINS

Kelp Farming, for the Climate

Seaweed and giant kelp are sometimes called “the sequoias of the sea.” Yet at a time when so many people are talking about climate solutions and reforestation — there aren’t... more

02/11/2021 | 47 MINS

Party Like It's 2035

President Biden has set a goal of reaching 100% clean electricity in the U.S. by 2035. That means cutting all carbon emissions from the entire electricity sector in just 15... more

The Yurok tribe is reversing centuries of ecological damage to their land and making it more resilient to climate change by marrying two systems that might seem contradictory: indigenous land... more

01/28/2021 | 40 MINS

Presenting: Timber Wars

When loggers with chainsaws headed into the Willamette National Forest on Easter Sunday in 1989, they found a line of protesters blocking their way. Some buried themselves in front of... more

01/21/2021 | 48 MINS

Recycling! Is it BS?

The recycling bin — many of us have learned to view this humble container as an environmental superhero. It is, after all, the critical first step in turning our trash... more

01/14/2021 | 48 MINS

Meet Your New Climate Czar

Gina McCarthy will serve as the first-ever National Climate Advisor, heading up the newly formed White House Office of Domestic Climate Policy. So, who is she? We spent time with... more

01/07/2021 | 68 MINS

Soil: The Dirty Climate Solution

On this week's episode, we meet two farmers who, at first glance, seem very different. One is a first-generation farmer in upstate New York raising fruits and vegetables for the... more

12/31/2020 | 38 MINS

Presenting: Resistance

How do you take a global movement local? What happens when you refuse to accept things as they are? This week, we’re excited to bring you an episode of a... more

12/24/2020 | 46 MINS

Presenting: Science Vs

We know that carbon dioxide is rising and we know that it’s warming the world, but how did scientists figure that out in the first place? And what will all... more

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