Eco Futurists


Planning for the future and breaking new ground across industries must involve improving our natural environment along the way.

Our lives and livelihoods depend on it

In this podcast, we hear from people leading the way, not only in imagining, but also providing solutions for a future with environmental sustainability in mind.

We speak to scientific experts, industry leaders, artists, adventurers, and committed personalities who make connections in their local and global communities, making life on earth a priority in their grand plans.

They are the Eco Futurists.

Scientific experts, industry leaders, artists and adventurers, people leading the way, talk about providing solutions to making a sustainable future their priority because they know what it means if we don’t.

Hear from thinkers, change-makers and do-ers talk about developing sustainable futures: from motivating and supporting community sustainability initiatives, the use of technology in sustainability options and the role of the arts in communicating sustainability issues.

In this series listen to

Felix Riebl, Lead Singer and Song Writer, The Cat Empire – on using music to communicate environmental issues,

Tim Jarvis, Explorer and Environmental Scientist – on conservation by stealth,

Natasha Davies, Restoration Leader – on motivating communities,

and Damon Gameau, Film Maker – on hope messaging.


Episode 14. Music, the language of inspiration

Hear from Felix Riebl, lead singer of The Cat Empire and creative force behind Spinifex Gum, on how music connects with people, describes the stories and experiences of cultures and can be used to motivate environmental action. Recorded last year at WOMADelaide, before the global pandemic really hit.

To listen and subscribe, search ‘Eco Futurists’ on your podcast platform of choice. 

Here it is on Spotify: https://lnkd.in/giyXDEzV

Find out more about Felix’s work at The Cat Empire and Spinifex Gum


Episode 13. Festivals, a platform for fun and knowledge

Hear from Ian Scobie, event and theatre producer, on developing the highly successful formula for WOMAD, a heady mix of world music, artistic staging, and cultural immersion to support sustainability demonstration and discussion. Recorded last year, before the global pandemic hit.

To listen and subscribe, search ‘Eco Futurists’ on your podcast platform of choice. 

Here it is on Spotify: https://lnkd.in/giyXDEzV

Find out more about Ian at https://www.artsprojects.com.au/about/ian-scobie


Episode 12. As the world tipped

With COP 26 ending in political stalemate, hear from Nigel Jamieson, theatre and outdoor installation producer, on his use of physical theatre to communicate the problems and inaction around climate change. Understand how art can help tackle one of the greatest moral challenges of our time. Recorded last year at WOMADelaide, before the global pandemic really hit.

To listen and subscribe, search ‘Eco Futurists’ on your podcast platform of choice. 

Here it is on Spotify: https://lnkd.in/giyXDEzV

Check out Nigel’s work at As The World Tipped and Performing Lines


Episode 11. Reaching a sustainable future

In this thought provoking episode hear from director of the 2040 Film, Damon Gameau, about looking into the future to develop paths to sustainability, making that journey simple and easy to adopt, and providing motivation through hope messaging.

This bite sized episode of the #EcoFuturists #podcast has plenty of interesting examples of what we can all do. The 2040 movement has really gathered pace since this episode was recorded at WOMADelaide early last year. 

To listen and subscribe, search ‘Eco Futurists’ on your podcast platform of choice. 

Here it is on Spotify: https://lnkd.in/giyXDEzV

Check out what Damon is up to at: FaceBook Twitter Instagram or IMDB


Episode 10. Rewinding a City

In this highly entertaining episode, hear from conservation scientist and urban nature futurist, Chris Daniels, on the importance of making room for biodiversity in our cityscapes and harnessing people power to connect with nature and promote species survival on our planet.

Listen here on Spotify or search ‘Eco Futurists’ on any podcast server.   

Find out more about Chris and his work on LinkedIn and at Green Adelaide and Koala Life


Episode 9 – Leading for Sustainability

In this convivial chat, hear from leadership and sustainability facilitator, Matthew Wright-Simon, about how fun and creative collaboration bring new energy to all-too-familiar problems – like plastics waste and climate change.

Listen here on Spotify or search ‘Eco Futurists’ on any podcast server.   

Find out more about Matt and his work on LinkedIn, Instagram and at Newday Leadership 


Episode 8 – Monuments in the forest

Hear from installation artist Craig Walsh, about using the projection of images, or projection mapping, to animate the natural world, provide an engaging interactive experience and bring a forest to life with living faces.

Episode recorded at WOMADelaide 2020

Listen here on Spotify or search ‘Eco Futurists’ on any podcast server.   

Find out more about Craig’s work at craigwalsh.net


Episode 7 – Capturing peoples’ spark

In a very human and engaging interview hear from filmmaker Paul Ryan on communicating people’s passion and essence in film and documentary, from indigenous rights and polar explorers to environmentalists and footy players.

Listen here on Spotify or search ‘Eco Futurists’ on any podcast server.   

See some of Paul’s work on this show show real or at the 57films website


Episode 6 – Restoring Australia’s native oyster reefs

Hear from marine conservationist Heidi Alleway about the problem with shifting baselines, using music to attract oyster larvae, and designing and delivering an award-winning oyster habitat restoration global partnership.

Listen here on Spotify or search ‘Eco Futurists’ on any podcast server.

Find out more about Heidi on LinkedIn. Here is a short video of the Eureka Awards, highlighting some of the key partners associated with the work: https://youtu.be/Drkl61DGqcM


Episode 5The state of the world’s forests

Hear from leading ecosystem scientist, Jean-Francois Bastin, on using satellites to find millions of hectares of unrecognised forest, modelling a zero impact earth to find the best places to replant forest and achieve planetary healing.

Listen here on Spotify or search ‘Eco Futurists’ on any podcast server.

Find out more about JF on LinkedIn, see JF’s TedX presentation or read about the global landscapes forum presentation


Episode 4 – Cool bees and Air Bee ‘n’ Bee

Hear from Katja Hogendoorn, bee scientist, on the natural wonder of bees, their importance to our diet and designing plantings that everyone can use, from gardeners to farmers, to encourage bees back into our landscapes.

Listen here on Spotify or search ‘Eco Futurists’ on any podcast server.

Some more info on Katja and cool bee projects: Bee BnB, pollinator reserves (including some cool videos and cartoons) and pollin8.


Episode 3 – Discovering and protecting Africa’s lost virgin rainforest

Hear from Julian Bayliss, conservation scientist and eco adventurer, on using Google Earth to find lost forests, discovering and describing new species, and protecting the world’s most valuable forest blocks through community support.

Listen here on Spotify or search ‘Eco Futurists’ on any podcast server.

Find out more about Julian at JulianBayliss.co.uk, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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Episode 2 – Motivating a community to plant 35 million trees

Hear from Natasha Davis, CEO Trees for Life and restoration leader, on the importance of maintaining focus, engaging with people, building effective partnerships and being adaptable.

Listen here on Spotify or search ‘Eco Futurists’ on any podcast server.

Find out more about Natasha on LinkedIn or FaceBook, and about Trees For Life here


Episode 1 – Turning adventure into conservation

Hear from Tim Jarvis AM, conservation scientist and explorer, on adventuring in the natural world, capturing these moments to deliver conservation by stealth and realising the difference we can all make in our own backyard.

Listen here on Anchor, Spotify or search ‘Eco Futurists’ on any podcast server

Find out more about Tim at TimJarvis.org, The Australian Museum, Quark Expeditions and LinkedIn.


Hosted by Prof Andy Lowe, Theme Lead for Sustainable Landscapes in the Environment Institute, at the University of Adelaide, and host of podcast Food Futurists. Andy is a British-Australian scientist. He solves some of the most pressing global resource, production and landscape sustainability challenges through the application of technology innovations delivered in responsible and economically realistic frameworks. 

—— Credits ——

This podcast is produced in partnership with the University of Adelaide, The Environment Institute and BASEM3NT Studios. The Eco-Futurists concept is a multimedia platform developed by Andrew Lowe, Nicole Miller, Ramona Dalton and Paul Ryan – 57 Films. The Eco-Futurists logo was developed by Nicole Miller, Andrew Lowe, Corinna McLaine, Paul Ryan and Ramona Dalton.

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