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The top five clean energy playlists and podcasts for your summer road trip

The top five clean energy playlists and podcasts for your summer road trip

It’s August. We’re in the dog days of summer. This is the month Europeans take their vacations, so why not embrace that energy while you finally take that long road trip you’ve been putting off (because flight cancellations, snafus, and delays are very real). Keep your eyes on the road and head brimming full of clean energy and climate grooves (and ideas) by cueing up our curated list of climate podcasts and playlists. 


  1. Outdoor Party Jams
  2. Clean Energy Vibes
  3. Canary Media’s Energy & Climate Compilation
  4. Cathedral Grooves Part 1 
  5. Summer 2022


How to save a planet Podcast Art

How to Save a Planet – Climate change. We know. It can feel too overwhelming. But what if there was a show about climate change that left you feeling… energized? One so filled with possibility that you actually wanted to listen? We love tuning in with journalist Alex Blumberg and a crew of climate nerds, as they deliver smart, inspiring stories about the mess we’re in and how we can get ourselves out of it.

Volts Podcast Art

Volts – It’s time to leave fossil fuels behind and Volts makes the case for doing so. Host David Roberts has been reporting on and explaining clean-energy topics for almost 20 years, and loves talking to politicians, analysts, innovators, and activists about the latest progress in the world’s most important fight for a clean energy future. 

Drilled podcast art

Drilled – Are you a true-crime junkie? Have you never missed an episode of Serial? Then here’s the podcast for you. Drilled is the perfect marriage of true-crime and climate, hosted and reported by award-winning investigative journalist Amy Westervelt.

Global Weirding Art

Global Weirding with Katherine Hayhoe – In this series, the hosts tackle climate issues head on. Why do scientists say that humans are causing climate change, while many politicians say exactly the opposite? Does fixing climate mean we have to shut down the economy? Why are the Pope and the National Association of Evangelicals piling on? Why do climate scientists get so much hate mail? Money and politics, God and global warming, every topic we avoid in polite conversation… they go there!

Broken Ground Podcast Art

Broken Ground – Just around the corner from Gen180’s HQ in Charlottesville, Virginia is our neighbor, the Southern Environmental Law Center. Their podcast digs up environmental stories across the American South. The latest season, out now, focuses on the grassroots organizing that led to the cancellation of the Byhalia Pipeline, a crude oil pipeline project that would have continued an unjust pattern of dumping disproportionate amounts of polluting infrastructure in South Memphis.

Bonus recommendation!

This list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning our favorite climate podcast (okay fine, we might be just a tad biased). 

ComediansConquering Climate Change Podcast Art

Comedians Conquering Climate Change – The funniest, friendliest, and shortest podcast addressing today’s critical climate and clean energy topics. Laugh along with comedian, writer, and teacher Esteban Gast as he enlists the help of fellow comedians to single-handedly save the planet.