Earth Unscrewed

About this podcast

Earth Unscrewed shares incredible stories about some of the most exciting developments that are providing some serious hope for the future of our planet. The world is facing a climate crisis and massive systemic change, but we’re confident that if you listen to these new episodes you’ll feel more hopeful and informed about for the future of our planet.

Join presenters Dr Helen Scales and Seyi Rhodes as they take a look at some very brilliant - and very unexpected - solutions to Earth’s most pressing problems. This season they explore sci-fi-turned-reality modes of transport, bacteria that can turn CO2 into jet fuel, and tech that can harvest water from the air. We’re excited to introduce you to some of the world’s most incredible thinkers and doers – creating solutions in the most unconventional ways. Get ready for a weekly dose of planet unscrewing stories like you’ve never heard before. 

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Series 2
Earth Unscrewed

01: Now is the time to move from apathy to action

To launch Season 2 of Earth Unscrewed our presenters Helen and Seyi had the pleasure of interviewing one of the world’s most renowned and respected Earth system and sustainability scientists – Johan Rockstrom.

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02: Cool solutions to a warming planet

In this week’s episode of Earth Unscrewed our presenters, Helen Scales and Seyi Rhodes, speak to Radhika Lalit from the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). 

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03: A deep dive on ocean conservation

In this week’s episode of Earth Unscrewed our presenters, Helen Scales and Seyi Rhodes, speak to Karen Sack, President and CEO of Ocean Unite, about the important things each of us can do to help restore the health of the ocean.

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04: Change is in the air

In this week’s episode of Earth Unscrewed we learn about some of the incredible things that are being done to make the aviation industry more sustainable.

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05: Making water out of thin air

In this week’s episode of Earth Unscrewed we’re introduced to Zero Mass Water, the renewable water company creating delicious water from just sunlight and air.

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07: Racing toward a carbon free future

In this week’s episode of Earth Unscrewed you’ll hear from Envision Virgin Racing – a key team in Formula E – the all-electric motorsport championship which is proving that EVs can be just as sleek and powerful as their gas-guzzling counterparts.

Series 1

01: Driving Change

In this first episode of Earth Unscrewed, a new podcast powered by Virgin, presenters Dr. Helen Scales and Seyi Rhodes get into the topic of cars.


03: What a Load of Rubbish!

This week on Earth Unscrewed we get beneath the buzz words to understand what is meant by ‘closed loop production’ and explore how circular economies can help to unscrew the planet.


04: Can Electric Power Empower?

In this episode, Helen and Seyi look to Kenya to learn how electric power can help unscrew the planet whilst empowering economies and societies.