Learning and Talking


Podcasts are a great source of information from a variety of viewpoints. They hook you in, inform, make you think and encourage discussion. There are ‘000’s of podcasts about climate but to help you, we’ve checked these out and are confident that they are great, informative and follow the science! Maybe listen on your way to work or when out for a walk - opportunities to listen are endless. Most of these are about 20 -25 minutes in length. Listen as much or as little as you want

The Climate Question: Produced by BBC World Service this easy to digest podcast covers a wide range of climate related topics in a magazine style that would also suit students. New episodes added every Monday.
Force of Nature: In the Force of Nature podcast, 22-year-old activist Clover Hogan looks at the rise of eco-anxiety, exploring the climate crisis, through the lens of our mental health.
Climate Action Now: Orsted is a Danish energy company which has been designated as the most sustainable energy company by the UN. This series of 4 podcasts charts their transformation from “black” to green energy.
Outrage + Optimism: Global Optimism's Founding Partners Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac negotiated the Paris Climate accords. Their podcast looks at how we achieve those goals with the help of leading figures from climate change
TILclimate Podcast: Produced by MIT this podcast is science based and is accompanied by extensive notes and teaching resources about a huge range of topics. Listen to world leading scientists.

What is a Climate Café?

  • A gathering of people meeting with facilitators to share their responses to the climate crisis – a thinking and feeling space
  • A confidential, warm, friendly, hospitable occasion – involving cake and hot drinks
  • Talking about what our changing climate means for us, exploring whatever feelings we have
  • Meet with other people and take turns expressing how climate and ecological breakdown makes you feel.
  • No guest speakers, no lectures, no advice, no commitment, an action-free space. Come to one Climate Café or several.
  • The focus is our thoughts and feelings about climate change, rather than what we’re doing about climate change
  • More information https://climatecafes.org/

Where - Different locations around the Trust
When - Once a month
How long - 45 minutes to an hour

Why not give one a go?  Hopefully it will make you feel better about climate change! No compulsion, but do tell us if you’re coming - we’d hate for there not to be enough cake!

Watch this space for dates and venues

Film and Video

All too often films about the climate crisis give an apocalyptic vision of the future - quite depressing really! But it doesn’t have to be like that! We’ve put together a selection of videos that highlight a positive and optimistic view of the climate crisis. They show what can and is being done to give us a sustainable future. There’s something for everyone! Click on the images.

How to rewrite your climate story. Listen to young climate activist Clover Hogan at TEDx London.
Finnish researchers have installed the world's first fully working "sand battery" which can store green power for months at a time.
Hydrogen creates no carbon when burned making it a possible future fuel as we tackle climate. Take a tour of a hydrogen home in Gateshead.
ITV news report about wind farms off the NE coast.

Produced by Silverback Films and WWF, David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet shares Sir David Attenborough’s greatest story yet – his witness statement for the natural world and a vision for the future.
This Oscar nominated film chronicles the story of four rangers who have risked their lives to save Africa’s most precious national park and its endangered gorillas, which are some of the world’s last mountain gorillas.
A group of activists, scientists, farmers, and politicians band together in a global movement of "Regenerative Agriculture" that could balance our climate, replenish our vast water supplies, and feed the world.
Award-winning director Damon Gameau embarks on journey to explore what the future would look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them into the mainstream.

Expert Talks

  • Listen to an expert talking about the climate crisis from their viewpoint

Watch this space for dates and venues


There are literally thousands of documents about climate change. So we have chosen a few that will be informative and easy to digest. They might also help to get you looking for more! Click on the images to view the documents. Happy reading...

Climate Assembly UK was the first UK-wide citizens assembly on climate change. It was commissioned by six House of Commons Select Committees and published its final report in September 2020.
The UK government’s Net Zero Strategy published in 2021.
Northumberland County Council climate change action plan.
The DfE’s sustainability and climate change strategy.
Teach the Future’s response to the DfE’s sustainability and climate change strategy.
The Inter governmental panel on climate change (IPCC) latest report assesses the impacts of climate change, looking at ecosystems, biodiversity, and human communities at global and regional levels.
Home page for Let’s Go Zero campaign that all Trust schools have signed up to.

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