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World Is Burning

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The world is burning and we should all give a crap! Join us every Wednesday while we tell each other wild stories from the environmental movement – corporate scams, ghost towns on fire, and underrated activists with amazing tales – and find ways we can all douse the fire. Hosted by Elise Nye and Olivia Hamilton.
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Ep. 30 - No Facts, No Information, Just Vibes: Cotton and Microfiber

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Ep. 37 - Bird Lady and Lady Bird
At the peak of 19th-century hat culture, an ounce of feathers was worth more than an ounce of gold. This extravagant trend, however, was putting once-flourishing bird populations in peril. Enter the bird lady: Harriet Hemenway, a controversial Boston socialite who co-founded the Massachusetts Audubon Society and used posh tea parties to protest the overhunting of birds. Elise recalls Harriet's story and the bird species that didn't make it. Then Olivia tells the story of Lady Bird Johnson, former U.S. First Lady during the Johnson administration, who pushed a forward-thinking environmental agenda through seemingly superficial beautification projects. And she also might have sent the CIA after a beloved outspoken singer... Other topics include organizing among friends, easy access to climate change basics, and anti-car sneakers? Subscribe/follow/press the button to keep up with new episodes every Wednesday! You can also follow us @worldisburnin on Instagram and Twitter, and check out our website worldisburning.com for extended show notes including sources and photos.
01:18:21
July 28, 2021
Ep. 36 - How to Survive Extreme Heat
On this week's no-frills episode, we're telling you how to prepare for extreme heat, what to do in the middle of a heatwave, and how to recognize heat-related illness to keep you and your loved ones safe. 01:30 - How to prepare your home for extreme heat 05:52 - How to plan according to the weather 10:55 - How to read important heat indicators 15:08 - What to do if you're dealing with extreme heat now 25:17 - How to recognize heat-related illness Stay damp, stay hydrated, and stay cool! Full resources and expert source list for this episode here. The Zoolander gif is there too, don't worry. Subscribe/follow/press the button to keep up with new episodes every Wednesday! You can also follow us @worldisburnin on Instagram and Twitter, and check out our website worldisburning.com for extended show notes including sources and photos.
34:27
July 21, 2021
Ep. 35 - Coca-Cola and the Single-Use Mindset
Once upon a time, Coca-Cola ran one of the world's most successful reusable bottle systems. Their decentralized network boasted an over 95% return rate, with some glass bottles being used upwards of fifty times before being recycled. Today, they're the biggest plastic polluter on the planet. What the hell? This week Olivia's telling us the story of Coca-Cola, the rise of the single-use mindset, and how promises to "keep America beautiful" managed to put the blame on individual consumers and governments instead of on the producers of that trash. Plus, Elise's cool new project that tackles packaging waste, how Prohibition ruined everything, and what new media is giving us hope. Follow @Repackagemailers for more packaging waste facts and to learn more about Elise's Austin mailer reuse program. Plus the cutest little raccoon. Subscribe/follow/press the button to keep up with new episodes every Wednesday! You can also follow us @worldisburnin on Instagram and Twitter, and check out our website worldisburning.com for extended show notes including sources and photos.
01:10:10
July 14, 2021
Ep. 34 - Haunted by the K-Cup
On this week’s episode Elise tells the story of the regretful inventor of Keurig and the single-use pod coffee phenomenon. Other topics include the overwhelming news of the last few weeks, drinking 30-40 cups of coffee a day, and plans for future mini-series. Subscribe/follow/press the button to keep up with new episodes every Wednesday! You can also follow us @worldisburnin on Instagram and Twitter, and check out our website worldisburning.com for extended show notes including sources and photos.
01:04:51
July 7, 2021
Ep. 33 - Plastic Bottle Vanilla and CVS Receipts
File this episode under things you never thought about but that will now haunt you... sorry! This week we're talking about the darker side of two things you've probably encountered this week: vanilla flavoring and customer receipts. Elise takes us through the unlikely ways that vanilla flavoring is being made, including petroleum-based artificial flavors that are already likely in your cupboard. Then Olivia tells the story of the CVS receipt meme and how consumer demand and environmental activism have gotten major retailers to skip the slip. Plus, how not to act at your first post-lockdown comedy show. Subscribe/follow/press the button to keep up with new episodes every Wednesday! You can also follow us @worldisburnin on Instagram and Twitter, and check out our website worldisburning.com for extended show notes including sources and photos.
01:24:25
June 30, 2021
Ep. 32 - Got Milk?
What's up with America's obsession with cow's milk? Olivia tells the story of the famous Got Milk campaign that brought deprivation marketing and milk mustaches to a generation of young dairy consumers. Then Elise takes us through the meteoric rise of Oatly oat milk during the pandemic, their controversial investors, and one healthy way we should treat our food like technology. Subscribe/follow/press the button to keep up with new episodes every Wednesday! You can also follow us @worldisburnin on Instagram and Twitter, and check out our website worldisburning.com for extended show notes including sources and photos.
01:28:41
June 23, 2021
Ep. 31 - Indigenous-led Movements - Allyship and Activism to Stop Line 3
This week we're talking about ego, allyship, and debriefing Olivia's time at the Treaty People Gathering on White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota. The gathering was organized as part of the Indigenous-led effort to stop Enbridge's Line 3 tar sands pipeline. For more on the pipeline and why it needs to be stopped, check out our minisode on the issue. In this episode, we're talking about what happened, dismantling white supremacy in activist spaces, respecting security culture, and finding your role in a movement. Subscribe/follow/press the button to keep up with new episodes every Wednesday! You can also follow us @worldisburnin on Instagram and Twitter, and check out our website worldisburning.com for extended show notes including sources and photos.
01:13:54
June 16, 2021
Ep. 30 - No Facts, No Information, Just Vibes: Cotton and Microfiber
This week, we're taking a closer look at the natural and synthetic materials you're probably wearing right now. How did cotton become the "fabric of our lives"? Elise explains the reasoning behind advertising a material rather than a brand, and tells us which policies we should be paying attention to in regard to cotton manufacturing. Then Olivia takes on the massive (but nearly invisible) problem of the synthetic material industry: microfibers. 1.4 million trillion of them. Other topics discussed: exciting life changes, the limits of individual action and systems-change advocacy, and TikTok Olivia Rodrigo theories. Subscribe/follow/press the button to keep up with new episodes every Wednesday! You can also follow us @worldisburnin on Instagram and Twitter, and check out our website worldisburning.com for extended show notes including sources and photos.
01:29:02
June 9, 2021
Down The Rabbit Hole Minisode 3: Treaty People Gathering and Line 3
This weekend Olivia is heading out to the Treaty People Gathering along the Line 3 pipeline route in Northern Minnesota, so we're explaining the roots of the Indigenous-led non-violent direct action: who are the treaty people? Why stop Enbridge's Line 3 pipeline? Can Biden really do anything? What can you do from home? Subscribe/follow/press the button to keep up with new episodes every Wednesday! You can also follow us @worldisburnin on Instagram and Twitter, and check out our website worldisburning.com for extended show notes including sources and photos.
26:37
June 2, 2021
Ep. 29 - Colonizing the Ocean and Mars?
What if humans colonized the oceans? What if Elon Musk's dream of a Mars colony came true? This week we're looking at the human desire to solve all our problems elsewhere, rather than where we already are. Olivia takes us through the blueprints for entire underwater cities, and Elise leaves the planet entirely: why are billionaires so keen on Mars? We talk about how colonization rehashes patterns of violence that already exist on land, and how we can spark a cultural shift that dismantles extractive practices and encourages regenerative giving. Subscribe/follow/press the button to keep up with new episodes every Wednesday! You can also follow us @worldisburnin on Instagram and Twitter, and check out our website worldisburning.com for extended show notes including sources and photos.
01:08:21
May 26, 2021
Ep. 28 - Lawn Culture and Mushroom Scams
Why are Americans so horny for grass? What happens when you get on a scammer's bad side? This week we're taking a closer look at how the lawn care industry of today ties back to colonization, war, and (you guessed it) capitalism. Then Olivia tells us about a one-step climate solution to help YOU reduce YOUR carbon footprint in one easy payment of $125... or not. Subscribe/follow/press the button to keep up with new episodes every Wednesday! You can also follow us @worldisburnin on Instagram and Twitter, and check out our website worldisburning.com for extended show notes including sources and photos.
01:33:44
May 19, 2021
Ep. 27 - Why is Chevron So Obsessed With Steven Donziger?
A story with so many cartoon villains we don't know where to start! Steven Donziger is an environmental lawyer best known as the lead attorney on a landmark case for the people of the Ecuadorian Amazon versus Texaco (now Chevron) after they dumped an admitted 16 billion gallons of oil waste on Indigenous land. Chevron have yet to pay the 18 billion dollar (later decreased to 9.5 billion) settlement, and have also brought Donziger through the seven circles of corporate law hell in the last decade. This week we tell you the wild, winding story AND take a trip to the #FreeDonziger rally before the first day of Donziger's trial. Sign the petition at freedonziger.org, follow Steven @SDonziger on Twitter/@stevendonziger on Instagram and check the hashtag #FreeDonziger for trial updates. Subscribe/follow/press the button to keep up with new episodes every Wednesday! You can also follow us @worldisburnin on Instagram and Twitter, and check out our website worldisburning.com for extended show notes including sources and photos.
57:17
May 12, 2021
Down The Rabbit Hole Minisode 2: The Impact Of Streaming
Down the Rabbit Hole is our new miniseries dedicated to the deep dives, side trails, and themes that don't quite fit into our normal episodes. This week we're following up on our music episode to examine the environmental impact of streaming. If you're streaming this episode, it's for you! We cover the insane energy consumption of one Justin Bieber hit, when you should download an album versus buying a physical version, and how we can build a fossil fuel-free future that supports small artists. Subscribe/follow/press the button to keep up with new episodes every Wednesday! You can also follow us @worldisburnin on Instagram and Twitter, and check out our website worldisburning.com for extended show notes including sources and photos.
19:26
May 5, 2021
Down The Rabbit Hole Minisode 1: How to Get Involved In Climate Action
Down The Rabbit Hole is our new miniseries dedicated to the deep dives, side trails, and themes that don't quite fit into our normal episodes. This week we're following up the excitement and exhaustion of Earth Day with an episode on how to get involved in climate action. We share our successes and failures, creative ways you can get involved, our criteria for assessing an existing climate action group, and how to support action even when you're short on time and money. Subscribe/follow/press the button to keep up with new episodes every Wednesday! You can also follow us @worldisburnin on Instagram and Twitter, and check out our website worldisburning.com for extended show notes including sources and photos.
33:54
April 28, 2021
Ep. 26 - Silent Spring Book Club!
It's book club, with no required reading! We're talking about Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, known as the book that "launched the modern environmental movement" and revolutionized public perception of chemical spraying. We talk about what's changed since it came out almost 60 years ago, the constant ties between money and unethical decision-making, and what this new generation of dads should be obsessed with instead of World War II. Listen to Trace Material trailer on Spotify or find more links in our extended show notes. Subscribe/follow/press the button to keep up with new episodes every Wednesday! You can also follow us @worldisburnin on Instagram and Twitter, and check out our website worldisburning.com for extended show notes including sources and photos.
01:06:46
April 21, 2021
Ep. 25 - The Anthropocene and the Mother of Climate Science
This week we're thinking about the ways we frame history and how understanding the past can help us pave an equitable & inclusive path forward. Olivia breaks down the Anthropocene, the suggested name for the new human-centered epoch. If we accept that we're in a new time period, when did it start, and why does it matter? Then Elise dives into the story of 19th-century scientist Eunice Newton Foote, whose long-ignored work is now seen as fundamental to climate science. We also talk about the climate re-imaginings of Disney World, creating space for others, and feminist science. Subscribe/follow/press the button to keep up with new episodes every Wednesday! You can also follow us @worldisburnin on Instagram and Twitter, and check out our website worldisburning.com for extended show notes including sources and photos.
01:06:45
April 14, 2021
Ep. 24 - Climate Anxiety
This week we went rogue, sort of, to talk about the term we use at the beginning of every episode: climate anxiety. We've been hearing the term a lot lately, particularly in the social media response to Sarah Jaquette Ray's recent article for Scientific American, 'Climate Anxiety Is an Overwhelmingly White Phenomenon.' In this episode we finally define climate anxiety, break down the article and responses to it, and discuss the white-centering conversations around climate emotions. We also talk about coping with anxiety, turning it into action, and–if you come from privilege–how not to crawl back into the comfort of your shell. (Surprise, your shell is made of structural oppression!) Asides include processing fear through true crime, building a community, and being sad about our favorite music venue being made into a hotel. Subscribe/follow/press the button to keep up with new episodes every Wednesday! You can also follow us @worldisburnin on Instagram and Twitter, and check out our website worldisburning.com for extended show notes including sources and photos.
01:11:58
April 7, 2021
Ep. 23 - Fire - Indigenous Controlled Burns and Incarcerated Firefighters
In the final installment of our Elements series, we're dispelling the myth that there is no such thing as good fire. Olivia tells us about the lost indigenous practice of controlled burning, what happens when colonizers ignore indigenous knowledge, and the many ways that native-led prescribed burns could help our planet. Then, Elise explains how the government of California exploits prison labor to fight fires, the reason it’s so hard for formerly incarcerated firefighters to find work, and why we need to change how the public views people with a criminal record. We also discuss climate anxiety (more on this next week!), a new no-waste food app, and our favorite environmental documentaries of late. **CW: This episode briefly discusses genocide (12:20 - 13:40). Subscribe/follow/press the button to keep up with new episodes every Wednesday! You can also follow us @worldisburnin on Instagram and Twitter, and check out our website worldisburning.com for extended show notes including sources and photos.
01:09:18
March 31, 2021
Ep. 22 - Agent Orange and the Delano Grape Strike
This week we're focusing on two Asian activists fighting for justice. Although Biden may call racism "un-American" in his response to the Atlanta shooting, the reality is much different. Elise tells the story of Tran To Nga, a French-Vietnamese journalist sprayed with toxic Agent Orange by the American military's Operation Ranch Hand during the Vietnam War. Her case against over a dozen chemical companies will reach a decision in May–show your support through the hashtags below. Then, Olivia tells the lesser-known, Filipino-led side of the iconic Delano Grape Strike that revolutionized farmworker's rights in the United States, including leader Larry Itliong who worked alongside Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta. We also discuss birthday cakes, new books, and Youtube scavenger hunts. **CW: This episode discusses racism, anti-asian hate, and chemical warfare. Use the hashtags #trantonga, #justicepourtrantonga, and #justicefortrantonga to spread the word. More resources on our website. Subscribe/follow/press the button to keep up with new episodes every Wednesday! You can also follow us @worldisburnin on Instagram and Twitter, and check out our website worldisburning.com for extended show notes including sources and photos.
01:15:50
March 24, 2021
Ep. 21 - Harry Styles and Sustainable Touring
This week we're dusting off our music business degrees (yes, we both have one) to talk about the music industry and how touring can come back more sustainably. Olivia uses Harry Styles' first solo tour as a case study on eco-friendly efforts of large-scale shows (and as an excuse to talk about One Direction). Then Elise lays out the demands that artists, managers, and fans can advocate for to make concerts more sustainable for everyone, at any budget. We also discuss inequality in the music industry (and the many parallels to climate injustice), developing genuine connection as a means for social change, and how you can support artists for free during a time when so many are struggling to make ends meet. We need more creatives in the climate movement, join us! The rider templates, nature sample packs, and sustainable vendor lists we mentioned are all linked in our Episode 21 extended show notes. Listen to Elise on Episode 61 of Clotheshorse, where she shared her best tips for selling secondhand sustainably on Depop. Follow the World Is Burning playlist on Spotify, and let us know if it's missing any essential tunes :) Subscribe/follow/press the button to keep up with new episodes every Wednesday! You can also follow us @worldisburnin on Instagram and Twitter, and check out our website worldisburning.com for extended show notes including sources and photos. Cover art by Sonja Katanic. Music by Kaycie Satterfield. Thanks for listening!
01:37:10
March 17, 2021
Ep. 20 - Save the Whales and Free Willy
Do we need to save the whales all over again? What's the deal with celebrity animals? What does it mean to be a 'flagship species' for your ecosystem? This week, Elise explores how the early whaling industry led to the Save the Whales movement of the 1970s, with a few interesting family connections along the way. Then Olivia tells the story of Keiko, better known as the star of Free Willy, and how celebrity can be as toxic for animals as it can be for humans. We also discuss influential documentaries like Blackfish, diversity in high-budget environmental films, and how we're dealing with our climate (and quarantine) exhaustion. Subscribe/follow/press the button to keep up with new episodes every Wednesday! You can also follow us @worldisburnin on Instagram and Twitter, and check out our website worldisburning.com for extended show notes including sources and photos. Cover art by Sonja Katanic. Music by Kaycie Satterfield. Thanks for listening!
01:27:54
March 10, 2021
Ep. 19 - Earth - The Ogoni Nine and Frankenstein's Volcano
In the third installment of our Elements series, we've got two very different stories about the earth. Olivia tells the fascinating but devastating story of the exploitation of the Ogoni land and people for oil, including the execution of activists known as the Ogoni Nine. Elise goes a different route, recounting a series of butterfly-effect events that explain how a 19th-century volcano in Indonesia and the "year without a summer" led to some of the pioneering horror writing we still know today. We also discuss joining the dang Zoom, being tired, and Olivia seeing her name deep in the credits of the #1 movie on Netflix. Subscribe/follow/press the button to keep up with new episodes every Wednesday! You can also follow us @worldisburnin on Instagram and Twitter, and check out our website worldisburning.com for extended show notes including sources and photos. Cover art by Sonja Katanic. Music by Kaycie Satterfield. Thanks for listening!
01:27:05
March 3, 2021
Ep. 18 - Black Environmentalists - John Francis & MaVynee Betsch
First things first: we explain why we missed last week, and we think our excuse is pretty solid: Elise was caught in the middle of the ongoing snow-induced Texas energy disaster, which has been exacerbated by climate change and inequality. We talk about how, as white activists, we need to tell stories that help you talk about racial injustice, but we also need to tell celebratory stories of Black joy, success, and leadership in the environmental space. To that effort, Elise tells us the incredible story of the 'Planetwalker' Dr. John Francis, who swore off motorized vehicles and took a 17-year vow of silence after witnessing an oil spill. Then Olivia shares the life of opera singer-turned-environmentalist MaVynee Oshun Betsch, also known as the Beach Lady of American Beach in Florida. Subscribe/follow/press the button to keep up with new episodes every Wednesday! You can also follow us @worldisburnin on Instagram and Twitter, and check out our website worldisburning.com for extended show notes including sources and photos. Cover art by Sonja Katanic. Music by Kaycie Satterfield. Thanks for listening!
01:36:06
February 24, 2021
Ep. 17 - Valentine's Day - Chocolate and the Target Effect
The perfect accompaniment for your Valentine's Day stroll through Target. Or not. This week we cover two subjects related to the holiday of love: chocolate and consumer traps. Olivia tells us about the ongoing lawsuits surrounding the cocoa industry, the companies that have been dragging their feet regarding exploitative practices for decades, and those who are fighting the good fight. Then Elise perfectly describes the layout of your local Target (how does she know?) and what you were thinking the last time you needed "just one thing." Along the way we discuss Tiktok shopping trends, magic tricks, and why you shouldn't boil your bouquet of roses. *The chocolate story in this episode (09:30 to 35:00) discusses modern-day slavery and child labor. Subscribe/follow/press the button to keep up with new episodes every Wednesday! You can also follow us @worldisburnin on Instagram and Twitter, and check out our website worldisburning.com for extended show notes including sources and photos. Cover art by Sonja Katanic. Music by Kaycie Satterfield. Thanks for listening!
01:18:51
February 10, 2021
Trailer - What is World Is Burning?
5 months in and we finally got around to making a trailer! Welcome to World Is Burning, an environmental storytelling podcast hosted by Olivia Hamilton and Elise Nye. We think the most powerful (and least boring) way to inspire action is through storytelling, so every week we tell each other a different story from the climate movement. Subscribe/follow/press the button to keep up with new episodes every Wednesday! You can also follow us @worldisburnin on Instagram and Twitter, and check out our website worldisburning.com for extended show notes including sources and photos. Cover art by Sonja Katanic. Music by Kaycie Satterfield. Thanks for listening!
03:04
February 3, 2021
Ep. 16 - Air - SpaceX's Starlink Internet and Flight Shame
In the second installment of our Elements series (not like Olivia forgot or anything), we're taking off into the air. Elise tells us about Starlink, a project of Elon Musk's SpaceX, and how the race for space internet might come with a massive sacrifice. Also, space garbage? Then, Olivia tells the story of the relatively new 'flygskam' movement, all the industry executives pressed by Greta Thunberg, and how flight free travel could be the wave of the future. We talk about what we should (and shouldn't) sacrifice for the greater good, billionaire Twitter feuds, and the connection between wealth and carbon emissions. Subscribe/follow/press the button to keep up with new episodes every Wednesday! You can also follow us @worldisburnin on Instagram and Twitter, and check out our website worldisburning.com for extended show notes including sources and photos. Cover art by Sonja Katanic. Music by Kaycie Satterfield. Thanks for listening!
01:28:06
February 3, 2021
Ep. 15 - Veganism and the Future of Meat
**Full content warning below.** This week we're approaching an oft-discussed topic in the environmental movement–veganism! Olivia goes back thousands of years to cover the history of plant-based diets, and Elise brings us through the high and lows of the now-booming meat replacement market. We also discuss our own complicated food journeys, white veganism and gatekeeping within the vegan community, and wisdom gleaned from Jonathan Safran Foer's We Are the Weather. **Content warning: this episode discusses food and diet, animal cruelty (non-graphic language), systemic racism and colonial history in relation to food, and briefly mentions disordered eating. Subscribe/follow/press the button to keep up with new episodes every Wednesday! You can also follow us @worldisburnin on Instagram and Twitter, and check out our website worldisburning.com for extended show notes including sources and photos. Cover art by Sonja Katanic. Music by Kaycie Satterfield. Thanks for listening!
01:44:22
January 27, 2021
Ep. 14 - Fracking and the Deception Dossiers
Boo fossil fuels! We talk about some joys heading into Inauguration Day and how we plan to demand climate action from the new administration. Elise tackles Joe Biden's wavering approach to a fracking ban and tells the story of Pawnee Nation in Oklahoma. Olivia recounts the best (worst) moments of the Union of Concerned Scientists' Climate Deception Dossiers, which expose decades of misinformation campaigns, lobbying, and fraud from major fossil fuel players. Subscribe/follow/press the button to keep up with new episodes every Wednesday! You can also follow us @worldisburnin on Instagram and Twitter, and check out our website worldisburning.com for extended show notes including sources and photos. Cover art by Sonja Katanic. Music by Kaycie Satterfield. Thanks for listening!
01:37:53
January 20, 2021
Ep. 13 - Water - Rob Bilott and Erin Brockovich
We're diving headfirst into 2021 with the first installment of our 'Elements' series. This week we're talking about water pollution from the perspective of two unexpected activists: corporate environmental lawyer Rob Bilott and author/advocate/multi-hyphenate Erin Brockovich. Olivia tells the story of a cattle farmer and small community that, with the help of Bilott, sued DuPont for PFOA water pollution. Elise tells the now-iconic story of Erin as a young legal clerk on a case in Hinkley, California against PG&E, and shares insights from Brockovich's recent book on the water crisis. Subscribe/follow/press the button to keep up with new episodes every Wednesday! You can also follow us @worldisburnin on Instagram and Twitter, and check out our website worldisburning.com for extended show notes including sources and photos. Cover art by Sonja Katanic. Music by Kaycie Satterfield. Thanks for listening!
01:26:21
January 13, 2021
Ep. 12 - Food Deserts and Free Food Forests
Our last episode of 2020 covers the complex issue of food deserts and one potential solution: food forests. Olivia talks about food deserts reaching the national conversation through Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign, preference and processed food, and how it all ties back to our episode about… trains? Then Elise gives us a promising solution in the form of Atlanta’s free food forests, and the way they bring community back to the table. We're off for the month of December but we'll see you in January :)  Subscribe/follow/press the button to keep up with new episodes every Wednesday (after our break)! You can also follow us @worldisburnin on Instagram and Twitter, and check out our website worldisburning.com for extended show notes including sources and photos. Cover art by Sonja Katanic. Music by Kaycie Satterfield. Thanks for listening!
01:04:42
November 25, 2020
Ep. 11 - Black Friday: #PayUp and Buy Nothing Day
This week we dive into the psychology of holiday shopping – how will Black Friday be impacted by the pandemic? Elise tells us which companies to avoid based on their bad behavior at the start of the pandemic, and Olivia recounts the history of Buy Nothing Day, the funny ways it has been celebrated, and the local groups taking it year-round. We also talk about buying things as a way to look forward to something, the tie between overconsumption and the breakdown of community, and how to get new stuff and make friends without buying anything. Subscribe/follow/press the button to keep up with new episodes every Wednesday! You can also follow us @worldisburnin on Instagram and Twitter, and check out our website worldisburning.com for extended show notes including sources and photos. Cover art by Sonja Katanic. Music by Kaycie Satterfield. Thanks for listening!
01:06:60
November 18, 2020
Ep. 10 - Movements - Hetch Hetchy Valley and Sunrise
This week is all about the collective movements that make people care about saving the earth. We talk about the conservation/preservation debates of the Progressive Era (and all the racist white dudes who led the conversation) and how the Sunrise Movement is building an inclusive wave of climate action with no permanent enemies and no permanent friends. Subscribe/follow/press the button to keep up with new episodes every Wednesday! You can also follow us @worldisburnin on Instagram and Twitter, and check out our website worldisburning.com for extended show notes including sources and photos. Cover art by Sonja Katanic. Music by Kaycie Satterfield. Thanks for listening!
01:21:53
November 11, 2020
Ep. 9 - Human Composting and the Curse of the Petrified Forest
On this very special Halloween episode, we tell the creepy-crawly of environmental stories, including a new process for composting human remains and a supernatural motivation to follow the “Leave No Trace” principle. Plus, we make time for human skin books, barbecued grasshoppers, Indiana undertakers, and a few personal ghost stories. Elise’s story starts at 33:45. Subscribe/follow/press the button to keep up with new episodes every Wednesday! You can also follow us @worldisburnin on Instagram and Twitter, and check out our website worldisburning.com for extended show notes including sources and photos. Cover art by Sonja Katanic. Music by Kaycie Satterfield. Thanks for listening!
01:07:27
October 28, 2020
Ep. 8 - Writing the Climate Crisis - The Wreck of Time and Environmental Poetry
World Is Burning, book club edition. We talk about reading to ease climate anxiety, how art helps us process complicated emotions, and coming back to your favorite work over the years. We read from The Wreck of Time by Annie Dillard as well as poetry by Wumen Huikai, Nnimmo Bassey, Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, and Mikko Harvey. Subscribe/follow/press the button to keep up with new episodes every Wednesday! You can also follow us @worldisburnin on Instagram and Twitter, and check out our website worldisburning.com for extended show notes including sources and photos. Cover art by Sonja Katanic. Music by Kaycie Satterfield. Thanks for listening!
01:22:14
October 21, 2020
Ep. 7 - The Strawberry Dress and Vegan Leather
This episode marks our first foray into the world of fashion and its relationship with the Earth. We talk about the Tiktok-famous strawberry dress, how clothing consumption has changed in the age of social media, and the odd ways artificial leather has been marketed over the years. Subscribe/follow/press the button to keep up with new episodes every Wednesday! You can also follow us @worldisburnin on Instagram and Twitter, and check out our website worldisburning.com for extended show notes including sources and photos. Cover art by Sonja Katanic. Music by Kaycie Satterfield. Thanks for listening!
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October 14, 2020
Ep. 6 - The Green New Deal and Biden's Climate Plan
Climate policy is intimidating as hell! This week we broke our format to break down the Green New Deal and the Biden climate plan in the wake of the first presidential debate to directly reference climate change in a question since Al Gore in 2000 (seriously!). We talk about why Biden had to distance himself from the Green New Deal during the debate, climate change and inequality as interconnected crises, and how Biden is a sunny day buddy (we mean… fair-weather friend) of climate with the potential to be a pioneer. Subscribe/follow/press the button to keep up with new episodes every Wednesday! You can also follow us @worldisburnin on Instagram and Twitter, and check out our website worldisburning.com for extended show notes including sources and photos. Cover art by Sonja Katanic. Music by Kaycie Satterfield. ~Policy Links~ The Green New Deal resolution: https://www.congress.gov/116/bills/hres109/BILLS-116hres109ih.pdf Biden's Climate Plan (as of October 2020): https://joebiden.com/climate-plan/ Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reading the GND on the House floor in February 2020: https://youtu.be/24Dlqdyhjqw Full source list on our website, linked above. Thanks for listening!
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October 7, 2020
Ep. 5 - Zoom Zoom - High-Speed Trains and Electric Cars
Remember going places? This week we explore why the United States is so behind on high-speed trains and a new mandate to ban gas-powered cars in California by 2035. Plus we discuss why the U.S. needs to lead on climate change (and why we focus so much on American policy), how “clean” biodiesel can be, and we pitch some song ideas for the next eco-inspired country star. Follow us @worldisburnin on Instagram and Twitter, and check out our website worldisburning.com for extended show notes including sources and photos. Cover art by Sonja Katanic. Music by Kaycie Satterfield. Thanks for listening!
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September 30, 2020
Ep. 4 - Blibber Blubber & Big Balloon
This week was rough because of *gestures broadly* but we're still here to burst your bubble! But really though. We cover the juicy secrets of the "gum base" in your chewing gum and the truth behind "biodegradable" balloons. Then we find ways to still have a fun party and how to use design to change the way we consume plastics.  Follow us @worldisburnin on Instagram and Twitter, and check out our website worldisburning.com for extended show notes including sources and photos. Cover art by Sonja Katanic. Music by Kaycie Satterfield. Thanks for listening!
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September 23, 2020
Ep. 3 - Amazon Good Amazon Bad
This week we tackle the Amazons – Amazon.com and the Amazon rainforest. We talk about the shame and accessibility issues tied up in boycotting Amazon, Indigenous land rights and parallels between US and Brazilian environmental regulations, and Olivia spoils The Jinx for everyone. Follow us @worldisburnin on Instagram and Twitter, and check out our website worldisburning.com for extended show notes including sources and photos. Cover art by Sonja Katanic. Music by Kaycie Satterfield.
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September 16, 2020
Ep. 2 - Jane & Dian - Baby's First Environmental Hero
This week we talk about our first environmental heroes, conservationists Dian Fossey and Jane Goodall. We go through the social politics of conservation we definitely did NOT understand as kids, falling in love with the only man around, and how our childhood idols are breaking down climate change in 2020. Follow us @worldisburnin on Instagram and Twitter, and check out our website worldisburning.com for extended show notes including sources and photos. Cover art by Sonja Katanic. Music by Kaycie Satterfield.
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September 9, 2020
Ep. 1 - Just Another Example Of Everything Being Incredibly Toxic
In our very first episode we cover a ghost town on fire and a neoprene factory in a small Louisiana town. Welcome to World Is Burning, the podcast for your climate anxiety. We talk about who the heck we are, how government and climate disasters are inherently connected, and why the boiling frog fable is more human than you’d think. Follow us @worldisburnin on Instagram and Twitter, and check out our website worldisburning.com for extended show notes including sources and photos. Cover art by Sonja Katanic. Music by Kaycie Satterfield.
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September 2, 2020