Unf*cking the Future

Unf*cking the Future

Unfucking the Future takes us on an environmental journey with our knowledgeable guide, scientist Chris Turney, to expose the consequences of our actions and share the solutions. We go from the downright scary reality of our planet today to common–sense ideas about what we can do to save it.


March 27, 2024 32 mins

Did you know that one of the most effective absorbers of carbon dioxide is... seaweed? Sanjayan, the CEO of Conservation International, joins the show to talk about how we can harness the power of the ocean to slow the impacts of global heating. Show notes from Chris:

  • The world’s oceans are crucial for the health of our planet, helping regulate the climate and global carbon budget. The London School of Economics has a great ...
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As the world heats up, our cities need to adapt. Today we speak with Thai landscape architect Kotchakorn Voraakhom on how she's designing new, more resilient urban environments in her homebase of Bangkok. 
Show notes from Chris:


  • Sadly, our cities are increasingly vulnerable to global heating. Flooding, heatwaves, storms, rising sea level, poor planning, and our over reliance on concrete are conspiring to make cities le...
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March 13, 2024 29 mins

For decades, Western governments have pursued policies of fire suppression. But researchers like Glynis Humphrey have shown that these methods don't work – especially as global heating worsens wildfire risks. Today, Glynis joins the show to talk about wildfire management, and what we can learn from the traditional practices of Indigenous communities around the world. Show notes from Chris:

  • Glynis is an author of an excellent...
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March 6, 2024 37 mins

Nobody knows how to make complicated concepts easier to understand than Bill Nye The Science Guy. In this episode, he and Chris break down tough questions about the science of global heating and how to communicate the answers to others. 
Show notes from Chris:


  • A big take home message from this week’s show is there is almost complete scientific agreement that global heating is caused by us (humans, if you’re wondering)....
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It’s hard to solve a problem when some people don’t even believe that it exists. Researcher Cailin O’Connor joins to talk about the spread of climate misinformation- and what we can do about it. 
Show notes from Chris:

  • Sadly, action on the climate crisis has been badly delayed by huge amounts of disinformation and misinformation, and much of it orchestrated by the fossil fuel industry. If you want to learn more, the groun...
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February 21, 2024 34 mins

Author and activist Bill McKibben joins the show to talk about how he's trying to bring climate action to an overlooked group: Boomers. 
Show notes from Chris:

  • We need to get as many people activated as possible, so get involved and share your passion, intelligence, and empathy with family, friends, and colleagues. There are many groups to help you get started and learn more. It’s a wonderful sign of the progress we’re se...
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Psychiatrist and activist Dr. Lise Van Susteren joins to discuss her pioneering work in understanding and managing the mental health risks associated with "climate anxiety." 
Show notes from Chris:

  • The heartbreaking 2021 global survey on ‘Climate anxiety in children and young people and their beliefs about government responses to climate change’ was led by Caroline Hickman at the University of Bath and is freely available...
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In a landmark legal victory, young climate activists, represented by Our Children's Trust, won the first-ever constitutional climate trial in the U.S.. In Montana v. Held, the court declared the state's laws promoting fossil fuels were unconstitutional. One of the plaintiffs, Claire Vlases, and a lawyer who fought the case join Chris to discuss the landmark legal victory and the need for systemic solutions to address climate change...

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Before Tom Steyer ran for President on a campaign advocating for climate change, Tom Steyer was making money by investing in fossil fuels. But that changed when he realized the natural environment around him was decaying—and the government wasn’t doing anything to stop it. On this episode, Chris and Tom explore Tom’s concept of "movement capitalism," and how businesses can drive positive climate impact.

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January 24, 2024 29 mins

Chris is joined by UN Goodwill Ambassador, Sabrina Elba, to discuss climate change, conflict, and climate injustice. Sabrina highlights the urgent, real-time impacts on rural communities and why empowering women is critical to getting us out of this dumpster fire.

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On global climate migration, check out this extraordinary article by the amazing Gaia Vince on the realities of a century of upheaval and h...

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January 17, 2024 35 mins

Filmmaker Adam McKay joins climate scientist Chris Turney to share how—inspired by the urgency of the climate crisis—he used humor in his film, "Don't Look Up" to get people talking about the climate and cut through the misinformation.Show notes from Chris:

  • Want to find out more about the early – and accurate – climate science work of fossil fuel companies and how they went on to deny the science and delay action on cutting ...
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January 10, 2024 34 mins

What if we could unfuck this mess by just changing the food we eat? Maggie Baird joins host Chris Turney to talk about animal agriculture, plant-based diets, and how she's trying to unf*ck the music industry.

Show notes from Chris Turney:

  • There is a wealth of great research into the carbon (and climate) impacts of how we eat. But if you’re interested in learning more, a great place to start is a research article called “Veg...
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January 3, 2024 2 mins

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