A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this podcast.
Educates listeners about the climate crisis and environmental justice. Episodes break down complex concepts but don't always successfully translate them into kid-friendly language. Hosts and guests are people steeped in the details of climate activism and their language may be too dense for some younger listeners to connect with.
Despite tackling heavy topics, the show is hopeful and action-oriented. Listeners are encouraged to speak up for what they believe in and work together with one another to build solutions to big problems.
Positive Role Models
Both the hosts and many of their guests are young activists in the climate movement. They model perseverance, teamwork, respectful communication, and kindness towards one another in their conversations. Their compassion for the environment is clear as they lead this podcast to try to encourage other kids to join in the next generation of climate justice warriors. Gen-Z co-host Zanagee has been a climate justice activist since high school and co-founded the youth-led climate justice organization Zero Hour.
Hosts of the show and their guests represent a variety of voices and perspectives. The majority of featured guests are people of color and many of them are also young people. Conversations about environmental and systemic racism are handled with explicit and thoughtful language.
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Violence & Scariness
Episode 9 concentrates on Indigenous sovereignty and includes mention of residential schools that may be scary to some kids. Parents are encouraged in a content warning at the top of the show to preview the episode before listening with kids in order to be prepared to answer their questions.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that 1 Point 5 is a hopeful discussion of climate change that emphasizes solutions and the power that young people have to make change. Positive messages throughout the show focus on teamwork, perseverance and communication as methods of fighting climate change. The topics discussed are complex and kids are likely to have lots of follow-up questions. Preteens and tweens may be particularly excited to hear young people only slightly older than them discussing their impressive work starting and running non-profits, leading national campaigns and engaging in legislative advocacy. The show doesn't shy away from using specialized terminology, not all of which is defined clearly. Additionally, the episode on Indigenous sovereignty includes a content warning with recommendations about how to support kids listening. The episode mentions residential schools and other acts of violence against Indigenous communities that may be scary or alarming for younger listeners. It's a great show for older kids, tweens and teens to listen to with adults as it sparks important discussions about what all generations can do to help support the environment.
Is It Any Good?
As a forum to uplift the work of youth activists and to discuss climate justice through an intersectional lens, this show is excellent. 1 Point 5 is an audio teaching tool to help kids understand the complex systems at play in the fight to stop global warming. The show attempts to offer kids detailed and nuanced information about the climate and takes the intelligence of its listenership seriously. Unfortunately, the topics the show tackles are sometimes so big that every concept requires multiple explanations to be understandable. A large part of the show seems to be addressing elementary school-aged kids and older, offering simple metaphors, but the interviews tend to be dense and full of vocabulary that may be challenging for some listeners.
What the show lacks in accessibility, it makes up for with thoughtful planning and its compelling slate of interviewees. Over half of the guest speakers are young people themselves and the hosts do a great job emphasizing the importance of listening to people most impacted by state policy. Preteens and teens interested in climate activism will find this show to be an excellent starting point. Adults looking for a show to help introduce climate change through co-listening may find themselves doing the bulk of the explaining after the episode ends, but that could be a great chance to bond and work together with kids on an issue that affects people of all ages.
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