Students Launch Climate Change Podcast
A Cal State San Marcos student podcast, “Read the Climate,” will launch its first episode on Nov. 16 to help bring awareness and find solutions toward climate change. The podcast will be available on Spotify, iHeart, Soundcloud, Buzzsprout and RSS.
“Read the Climate” is being produced by a student team of 12 at Inspiration Studios and is advised by philosophy lecturer Anne Dabb and women’s, gender and sexuality studies lecturer Kit-Bacon Gressitt. The podcast idea emerged from the Climate Change Faculty Working Group, which was founded in 2020 to foster CSUSM’s role as a leader in campus and regional climate crisis and climate justice problem-solving.
Environmental students student Michael Giles, who is leading the project, hopes the podcast will become an outlet for students to express the emotions that come with climate change.
“Living in San Diego County, one of the most bio culturally diverse areas in all North America, one rich with various forms of traditional knowledge, I believe we have a stage to share, one I believe can help battle the climate crisis,” Giles said. “Our campus is on the traditional homelands of the Payómkawichum people, and in other parts of San Diego we share the space with the traditional homelands of countless other tribes.
“Globally, we are witnessing the loss of traditional languages, teachings and histories, as well as the loss of native habitats and species. We can stop this. We can reap a world that is equitable for all of us. Equitable for all people. Equitable for all forms of life. Equitable for all beings. Equitable for our planet. There is so much strength in the community. Together, our voices will be amplified, and the world will hear our calls to action.”
Giles and the “Read the Climate” team aim to have the podcast accessible for students to listen to in times of passing. The best way to keep up to date with new episodes is on the Read the Climate Instagram.
“We want to make sure we are as accessible as we can be,” Giles said. “People are busy, and as a full-time student myself working two jobs, I understand what it’s like to not have time to do a lot. The podcast aims to reach people whether they’re on transit, doing some work, or really anything that allows individuals to safely listen to something we hope empowers them.”
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