Think: Sustainability

116 EpisodesProduced by 2SER 107.3

From waste to wealth, and grids to growth, the show digs into the impact of consumption across all areas of life — it tracks the movements, discoveries and technologies making way for a sustainable future.

116 Episodes | 2016 - 2019

#110 - Queer Farmers

April 18th, 2019


There's a strong image that lives in many peoples minds when you say the word farmer. A burly, middle-aged white male dressed in flannel and denim. …

#109 - Life After Coal

April 10th, 2019


When it comes to sustainability, shifting away from coal generated power makes complete sense. But what does the transition mean for communities who depend on 'dirty' industries for their survival? This episode is all …

#108 - Talking To Termites

April 3rd, 2019


Termites are often written off as a pest, but there is more to the little creatures than meets the eye. This episode is all about termites; what they …

#107 - Babies

March 27th, 2019


Deciding to have a baby can be one of the most important personal choices you will make in your lifetime. And yet, bringing new life into the world won’t just impact you and your family. This episode is all about …

#106 - Green Colonialism

March 20th, 2019


The environmental movement in Australia has a race problem. White led governments continue to form policies based off research rooted in western …

#105 - A Critique Of The Circular Economy

December 10th, 2018


As we continue to trash our oceans and terrestrial environments, many are pitching the model of the circular economy as an answer to our problem with …

#104 - Why Climate Change Is A Mental Health Crisis

November 29th, 2018


Where we've typically ascribed trauma to the individual, climate change now sees large groups of people sharing the same damaging experience in …

#103 - Why Australia Could Get Sued for Protecting the Environment

November 26th, 2018


When tobacco company Philip Morris sued Australia over our plain packaging laws, it's fair to say we were taken by surprise. How can a foreign company take a nation's government to tribunal for protecting its citizens …

#102 - Above Sound

November 12th, 2018


What can the sounds of the stratosphere tell us about the nature of noise on the ground?
Featuring: Julius Ambroisine - PhD Student at the University …

#101 - Colonial Green Spaces

November 5th, 2018


There are over 400 parks and open spaces in the City of Sydney. Some are lush, vast open spaces while others small pockets of green hidden among suburban streets. But are these treasured environments just another …

#100 - Food Classism

October 29th, 2018


While many fret over their calorie intake or whether or not their food is certified organic, others are struggling get dinner on the table. There are many barriers to food, but it's the motivations behind food …

#99 - Can Virtual Environments Help Us Save The Real One?

October 22nd, 2018


Virtual reality immerses us in artificial experiences of the real world with research also showing VR can create empathy with the environment you're experiencing. But how far does this empathy go?
Featuring:Ryan Watson - …

#98 - Emailing A Tree

October 15th, 2018


When City of Melbourne launched the Urban Forest Visual strategy to gather data on the city's 77,000 trees, something happened they didn't plan for. …

EXTRA: The Future Of The Sydney Marine Park

September 27th, 2018


With the public consultation period for the Sydney Marine Park ending today, Marine Ecologist Dave Booth discusses the future of the park and how the …

#97 - The Environmental Impact Of The Refugee Crisis

September 24th, 2018


There are currently more than 10 million refugees worldwide and approximately every minute 24 people around the world are forced to flee their homes. Living conditions within the refugee camps displaced people settle …

#96 - How Your Retirement Savings Could Fund A Green Future

September 17th, 2018


The superannuation scheme was introduced in Australia to ensure people have the money they need when they reach retirement. But some 26 years after the scheme was sworn in, at what point did your retirement savings …

#95 - Automating Inequality

September 10th, 2018


The rise of artificial intelligence has as many anxious as it does excited, with people concerned that autonomous technologies could automate them …

#94 - Opening Up The Ocean Floor

September 3rd, 2018


The International Seabed Authority has issued 29 exploration licenses for deep sea mining. But with the deep sea falling under the protections of outdated international agreements and largely remaining a mystery, how …

#93 - Climate Busting

August 27th, 2018


Two climate engineering technologies have been inscribed into the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Fifth Assessment Report outlining …

#92 - Explosive Remnants of War

July 30th, 2018


Warfare is destructive and absolute, but when conflict ends there is often surplus of weaponry. However, in burying or dumping these munitions when …

#91 - Future Foods

July 23rd, 2018


Thanks to overpopulation and man made climate change, global food stocks are running low. Enter ‘future foods’ - the gross, weird and wonderful …

#90 - The Success of the Commons

July 16th, 2018


The practice of pastoralism in Mongolia is unlike any other agricultural practice around the globe. But as pastoralists face growing climatic …

#89 - Filter Feeders

July 9th, 2018


We have entered the age of personalisation where algorithms filter and feed you your digital experience. But as the power of the algorithm has grown, why are they filtering out the environment?
Featuring:Dr Jonathan …

#88 - Open Space

July 2nd, 2018


The data we collect via satellite informs almost all climate research today. So why do half of the earth monitoring satellites currently in orbit …

#87 - The Belt and Road Initiative

June 4th, 2018


It’s being called the biggest infrastructure project in human history, the likes of which Planet Earth has never seen before. And up until now, the disastrous environmental implications of the Belt and Road Initiative …

#86 - Taking Back The Power

May 28th, 2018


How a community in regional Australia has distanced itself from the electricity grid and powered the town through its own energy system.
Featuring:Matt Charles-Jones - President of Totally Renewable Yackandandah (TRY)

#85 - The Push For Pumped Hydro

May 21st, 2018


How would pumped hydro storage help us transition to 100% renewable energy?
Featuring:Tom Morris - Senior Research Consultant at the Institute for …

#83 - When The Levee Breaks

May 7th, 2018


Will insurance companies ever offer cover for those living in a high risk flood zone?
Featuring:Lance Leslie - Professor of Climatology in the School …

#82 - How We're Failing to Regulate Air Pollution

April 9th, 2018


Free public transport, road space rationing, banning diesel cars; there are plenty of efforts to control levels of air pollution, but with more than …

#81 - Why Photosynthesis Is Our Genesis

April 3rd, 2018


As humanity continues to ponder its existence, ‘where did we all come from? Why are we here?’, researchers have suggested we may be asking the wrong questions in trying to uncover the answers. This episode we explore …

#80 - What Are We Doing to Our Water?

March 26th, 2018


Australia's long history with drought and fire has cemented a strong dependence to the water around us, so why do we continue to contaminate our finite supply? This episode we uncover what we’re doing to our water in …

#79 - The Slippery Slope of Environmental Offsetting

March 19th, 2018


When booking your last plane trip, you may have noticed the option to offset the carbon cost of your flight. Paying an additional fee to render your flight carbon neutral some say makes more aware of what they’re doing …

#78 - Should We Capture and Store Our Carbon Emissions?

March 12th, 2018


As global carbon emissions rise year in year out, many are brainstorming creative ways to reduce how much we’re spitting out into the environment. …

#77 - The Hunt For Coral Superheroes

December 4th, 2017


As global sea temperatures continue to rise, our coral reefs are turning from thriving marine ecosystems into underwater graveyards.

But scientists have discovered a set of coral superheroes who might save the day.

#76 - The Age Of Citizen Science

November 27th, 2017


Citizen scientists and members of the public have done everything from discovering species, to documenting sea temperature changes.

Just this year in Australia, an amateur astronomer named Andrew Grey, a mechanic from …

#75 - Why We Shouldn't Chop Down Our Logging Laws

November 20th, 2017


Illegal logging is an immensely profitable global activity, linked to corruption, human rights abuses, criminal networks, and environmental destruction.

So why is the federal government currently considering …

#74 - What Happens When A Species Goes Extinct?

November 13th, 2017


Scientists have warned we are facing another mass extinction event.

The last one occurred over 65 million years ago, but due to global warming and human caused habitat loss, the next one is just around the corner.

So what …

#73 - Turning Cane Toads Into Sausages

November 6th, 2017


Naomi has spent the last two years living in a tent in regional New South Wales. But she's not a backpacker, she's not doing a roundhouse trip of the Australian countryside. Naomi is capturing cane toads and turning …

#72 - Should We Put A Price On The Environment?

October 30th, 2017


In April 2010, the largest environmental disaster in US history struck the Gulf of Mexico - the explosion of oil rig Deepwater Horizon. After burning …

#71 - What's A Future Without Phosphorus?

October 23rd, 2017


It's one of the biggest environmental challenges of our time, but no ones seems to be talking about it. And that's because a lot of us don't know that much about it. Dana Cordell from the Institute for Sustainable …

ENCORE - Australia's War On Feral Cats

October 16th, 2017


We're on break this week while 2SER is in the middle of Supporter Drive. 2SER Radio is the station that makes Think: Sustainability and our two sister programs Think: Health and Digital Futures possible, however running …

ENCORE - A Legal Regime To Save Aboriginal Knowledge

October 9th, 2017


We're on break this week while 2SER is in the middle of Supporter Drive. 2SER Radio is the station that makes Think: Sustainability and our two sister programs Think: Health and Digital Futures possible, however running …

#70 - The Carbon Footprint Of Your Facebook Posts

October 3rd, 2017


Today on the show, the carbon footprint of data. On paper that sounds like a contradiction - how can a photo I post to Facebook be affecting the health of the planet? Well, it's not the post itself that's doing the …

#69 - Gassy Corals

September 25th, 2017


The Great Barrier Reef has taught us much about marine ecology, but there's still so much we don't know. Do we have enough time to learn everything …

#68 - Noise Pollution

September 19th, 2017


Noise pollution is the only cardiovascular risk that can't be resolved by doctors or medications, it's purely up to the politicians.

Kirsten …

#67 - What Ever Happened To Acid Rain?

September 11th, 2017


The first recorded acid rain events date back to the 17th century, but it wasn't until the early 1970s that it became a huge problem. Today, while the global community seems focused on dealing with climate change, …

#66 - When Algae Turned The Water At Bondi Beach Blood Red

September 4th, 2017


On 26 November 2012, Australia's iconic Bondi Beach was closed as the crisp, blue coastline turned red. And although many likened the newly blood red waters to that written in scripture, it was in fact algae that was …

#65 - Clean Coal And The History Of Climate Denial

August 28th, 2017


Australia is in the middle of a debate about coal.

The Queensland government is determined to expand its coal production. Indian billionaire Gautam …

#64 - Australia's War On Feral Cats

August 21st, 2017


In 2015 Australia's Threatened Species Commissioner Gregory Andrews announced a plan to kill 2 million 'feral' cats in an effort to save the countries native species from extinction.

More than two years on the feral cat …

#63 - Algae And All It Can Be Used For

August 14th, 2017


You might already eat algae when you pick up a sushi roll. But it turns out algae may be a sustianable substitute for everything from Legos to …

#61 - Can Co-housing Solve Australia's Housing Affordability Crisis?

July 31st, 2017


Where will you live when you're 65? Or perhaps you're retiring now, and you're thinking about your options? Cooperative living has come a long way since the hippy communes of the 1960s. It's a choice that's not only …

#60 - Why Lake Chad Is Shrinking

July 24th, 2017


Between the 1960s and early 2000s, over 90% of Lake Chad has shrunk. Today, the lake provides water to over 68 million people in both Chad and Nigeria, and to the surrounding countries of Cameroon and Niger. But as …

#59 - Bill Gates Really Loves Chickens

July 17th, 2017


Last year, billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates announced his foundation would donate 100,000 chickens to impoverished nations in an effort to help …

#58 - Pour Yourself A Sustainably Sourced Cocktail

July 10th, 2017


Straws and plastic cups aside, how else might your beverage carry a carbon footprint? This week we meet up with the guys from Trolley'd, a bar …

#56 - The Dread Of Environmental Change

June 26th, 2017


When Jason was living in New York, he knew the city inside out. Which 24 hour diners were the best for a 3am feed, which cafes had the best lattes. But due to rapid urbanisation, the city he once knew quickly began to …

#55 - How Drone Technology Is Engaging With Conservation

June 17th, 2017


Where many Australians have strong ties with the beach and coast, too comes the love-hate relationship we have with what lies beneath the water's …

REBROADCAST - Why They Named A Fly After Beyoncé

June 12th, 2017


As 2SER heads over to New York for the New York Radio Awards, we bring you the episode of Think: Sustainability that was nominated in the Environment …

#54 - Is Being A Vegan Sustainable?

June 4th, 2017


Does steering off meat and turning to a leafy green diet lower the impact of our global carbon footprint?

Hosted by Jake Morcom.
Produced by Lia Tsamoglou.

#53 - Everyone Loves The Weedy Seadragon!

May 29th, 2017


They're cute, they're charismatic, but they're also on the cusp of dying out - can we save the Weedy Seadragon before it's too late?

Hosted by Jake Morcom and Cheyne Anderson.
Produced by Jake Morcom.

#52 - Rethinking The Built Environment

May 21st, 2017


What is the social sustainability of the built environment? How are we using architectural design to cater for the growing and changing needs of the …

#51 - What Too Much Salt Does To Our Freshwater

May 14th, 2017


Agriculture, mining and climate change are three factors driving up the salinity levels in our freshwater basins. What implications might this mean …

#50 - The Other Purpose Of Mistletoe

May 8th, 2017


Aside from picking off a berry and kissing your significant other in the doorway, what is the ecological significance of mistletoe?

Melinda …

#49 - A Legal Regime To Save Aboriginal Knowledge

April 30th, 2017


The Garuwanga Project is working to build a legal framework that would protect Aboriginal traditional knowledge of biodiversity. Historically, …

#48 - The Space Race

April 23rd, 2017


What are our goals when it comes to space exploration? Are we still searching for sentient life beyond Earth? How far away are we from colonising on …

#47 - What Do We Do With All Our E-waste?

April 17th, 2017


Think about all the electrical devices in your home. Your phone, kettle, computer, washing machine... the list goes on. It's estimated that each …

#46 - Powering The Car Of The Future

April 9th, 2017


Your typical car will emit near 5 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide per year. Multiply that by the number of drivers in the world and the figure …

#45 - The Health And Environmental Cost Of Pesticides

April 3rd, 2017


Chemical pesticide use in Sri Lanka is widespread and subsidised by the government, but are they doing more harm than good? This week Think: Sustainability addresses some of the global concerns around pesticide use and …

#44 - The Mite That's Killing Our Bees

March 26th, 2017


Bee populations around the globe are in crisis, what can we do to save them? Also, what is thunderstorm asthma and how will it get worse with climate …

#43 - Is There Hope For Antarctica?

March 19th, 2017


This week we look at two different angles of how we need to work to preserve Antarctica - the international law and policy in place to protect it, …

#42 - Weaving Traditions In Kullu And Crazy Turbulence

March 13th, 2017


The weaving practices of Kullu are one of their oldest traditions, but how can a hand-made crafting industry compete with big business? Think: …

#41 - Climate Change Adaptation, Can We Do It?

March 5th, 2017


Predictions from climate scientists are indicating more frequent climate events like flash flooding, drought and heatwaves are on the way. How will not only we deal with these climate events, but the towns, cities and …

#84 - The Rising Tides of Tourism

May 14th, 2018


Will the political crisis in the Maldives unravel their tourism industry and bring about climate disaster?


Azim Zahir - PhD Candidate in the …

#62 - Are Our Sewerage Systems Ready For Climate Change?

August 7th, 2017


We don't think about our waste once we flush the toilet. But will climate change and rising sea levels bring it back to our attention?

Presenter/Producer: Miles Herbert

#57 - How Can We Escape Plastic?

July 2nd, 2017


They're tailored to the bottom of your shoes, they line the coffee cup you drink from, they're even fixed to the outside walls of your home - how can we possibly escape a world that's dominated by plastic?

Presenter: …

#40 - Greening Up Your Xmas

December 18th, 2016


Get a little nutty with your spending around Christmas time? This week we take a hard look at consumption and spending during the festive season and …

#39 - My First Trip To Antarctica

December 12th, 2016


Ever wondered what a trip to Antarctica would be like? This week we speak to Jess Melbourne-Thomas, a research scientist with the Australian …

#38 - The Erosion Of Australia's Marine Parks

December 4th, 2016


A governmental review is re-evaluating the protection zones of Australia's marine parks. This has flagged concerns for marine scientists and …

#37 - Bugging Out

November 27th, 2016


What kind of creepers and crawlers does summer time bring out? This week we dissect exactly what will be causing you grief in the insect department coming into the hot months, and it's not pretty.

Hosted and produced by …

#36 - A Conversation About Climate Change

November 20th, 2016


Why are we so scared of climate change? Who are the climate change deniers? What happened at the UN Climate Conference this year? Think: Sustainability takes a hard look at some of the conversations around climate …

#35 - The Feasibility Of Renewable Energy In Australia

November 13th, 2016


What are the do's and don'ts of sustainable clothes shopping? How feasible is a 100% renewable energy system here in Australia? And how might dehydration help decrease food waste going to landfill?

Hosted by Jake Morcom …

#34 - Revitalising Murrin Bridge

November 6th, 2016


Located in Wiradjuri country, Murrin Bridge started as a 'mission'. It was a place the government of the time set up to accomodate Aboriginal Australians driven out of their lands. Murrin Bridge is no longer a mission …

#33 - A Dingo Probably Won't Take Your Baby

October 30th, 2016


Why should we mend the relationship between farmers and dingoes? How are eBooks revolutionising the practice of libraries? And what is …

ENCORE - Life With Plastic, Ain't Fantastic

October 24th, 2016


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October 16th, 2016


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#32 - Get Off The Road!

October 9th, 2016


How can we make Sydney's roads more cyclist friendly? And how long until algae takes over the coal industry?

Presenters: Ellen Leabeater and Jake Morcom.
Producers: Jake Morcom.

#31 - Bushfire Season Ignites

October 2nd, 2016


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#30 - Life With Plastic, Ain't Fantastic

September 26th, 2016


Guest: Dr Sherri Mason.
Presenter and Producer: Jake Morcom.

#29 - The Virtual Courtroom

September 18th, 2016


How long until we're rid of the courtroom and holding trials online? How are some corals recovering from bleaching? And how can chemistry help us …

#28 - Why They Named A Fly After Beyoncé

September 11th, 2016


Why'd they name a fly after singing megastar Beyoncé? What do the sounds of small sea creatures say about the wellness of the ocean? And what does a sustainable house look like?

Presenters: Jake Morcom and Ellen …

#27 - How We Can Stop The Cane Toad Menace

September 4th, 2016


They're the most successful feral species to invade the landscape of Australia, but have we finally found a way to stop them once and for all? Also, …

#26 - Us Against Them

August 28th, 2016


Why are we scared of sharks? What is permaculture? And how can fashion be environmentally conscious?

#25 - Mind Control Mushrooms

August 22nd, 2016


What mushroom can mind control insects? What do you want to do with your body when you die? And what is the Anthropocene?

#24 - The Science Behind Sustainability

August 15th, 2016


For National Science Week we look at biohacking, science communication and women in STEM.

#23 - How Is Hair A Sustainable Resource?

August 7th, 2016


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#22 - What Do You Know About Renewable Energy?

July 31st, 2016


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#21 - The Future Of Batteries

July 24th, 2016


How far can battery technology go? This week we look at advancing battery storage technologies as well as take a Tesla test drive!

#20 - We Have A Friend In Phytoplankton

July 17th, 2016


What are phytoplankton and why are they so crucial to everyday planetary stability?

#19 - What To Do With Too Many People

July 10th, 2016


Can population growth and the notion of sustainability really go together?

#18 - Dealing With Disaster And NAIDOC Week Begins

July 3rd, 2016


Disasters are hard to forget, but what happens to those who are forgotten when disaster strikes? This week we look at groups who are left on the fringes of care in times of natural disaster crises and also address why …

#17 - Breathing Walls And Revolutionizing Indonesia's Sanitation

June 26th, 2016


How different is Indonesia's sanitation system from the rest of the world? What are breathing walls and are they as ominous as they sound? And how …

#16 - Under The Sea

June 18th, 2016


Why is Nemo opening up his home for other clownfish? Is it a strength in numbers game when more of their homes are being destroyed? We answer these questions this week as well as look at the potential hazards in the …

#15 - Trees, Or Light Rail?

June 13th, 2016


Sydney is in the middle of a light rail uprising, but how many trees have to be cut down in the process? This week we're talking light rail logistics, as well as discussing the finest new delicacy on everyones plate... …

#14 - Putting An End To Animal Trafficking And Chlamydia Ridden Koalas

June 3rd, 2016


Today is World Environment Day, so we take a closer look into the dark and depressing world of animal trafficking. Also, we look at why chlamydia is …

#13 - Can Festivals Be Sustainable?

May 30th, 2016


Imagine you're at a festival. There's food stalls, heaps of bands to go see and people swarming in masses. Now think about when you're leaving, what do you see? Probably all the rubbish that festival goers have left …

#12 - The Sustainable Tourist And A Poor Students Breakfast

May 21st, 2016


When you're planning a holiday, the first thing on your mind is enjoying time off to relax. But have you ever thought about how your travels can …

#11 - Let's Talk About Money, And Sustainable Finance

May 15th, 2016


How are your investments affecting the planet? This week we look at the ethics of our superannuation and trace what unsustainable industries our super can be invested into such as coal mining and fossil fuels. Also, …

#10 - Wandering Through A Worm Farm And Wearing Sustainable Fashions

May 8th, 2016


Last week we found out some strange degradable's that you can put into your compost, but what about into your worm farm? This week we're focusing on our squiggly little friends and how they can help in the management of …

#9 - A 'how To' On Composting And Dealing With Food Waste

May 2nd, 2016


Want to start a compost at home? It's not as hard as you might think. This week we look at the do's and don't of composting and learn about some degradable's that might surprise you. Also, $8-10 billion of food is …

#8 - The Carbon Cost Of Your Commute And Composting Toilets In Cameroon

April 26th, 2016


How do you get to work? Train, bus, car, bike? This week we look at the carbon cost of your commute and which modes of transport are the best and worst in terms of emissions. Also, three engineering students from UTS …

#7 - How To Deal With Human Waste

April 16th, 2016


Where does your poo go when you press the flush button? Who around the world doesn't use a toilet? Am I a bad person for using disposable nappies? These are some of the questions begging answers this week on our …

#6 - Ethical Supply Chains And The Most Sustainable Pet

April 10th, 2016


Why are ethical supply chains are sustainability issue? On the show this week we attempt to answer this question by looking back up through the supply chains, as well as hear stories about the inequities faced by …

#5 - Addressing Antibiotic Resistance And Australia's First Living Algae Building

April 4th, 2016


It's being called a global epidemic on par with climate change, so what are we trying to do to stop it? This week we look at antibiotic resistance from a number of angles, looking at potential medicinal alternatives and …

#4 - The Coffee Pod Menace, Reducing Consumption And Our First Sustainability Champion

March 26th, 2016


It seems like we're in the age of the coffee pod - they're quick to use, convenient and tasty. Australians consume more than 3 million pods a day, …

#3 - Protecting Our Most Vital Natural Resource, Water

March 19th, 2016


Ahead of World Water Day on Tuesday March 22, this episode we're looking at current approaches to water conservation and what needs to change to protect the finite resource. We look back at Australia's 'Milennium …

#2 - Rethinking Earth Hour And Extreme Coral Ecosystems

March 13th, 2016


Earth Hour is coming into its tenth year, but with more and more people thinking about energy conservation, is it time to switch things up? Also we dive into some of the coral ecosystems which are adapting to climate …

#1 - What Is Sustainability?

March 7th, 2016


What is sustainability? What does it mean for me? How can I live sustainably? On Episode 1 we look at answering these questions as well as look back at how sustainability has transformed over time.

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