IndyKids Voices


IndyKids Voices is a podcast by IndyKids, a social justice news source for kids, by kids. Our podcast includes our Climate Crisis series, audio storytelling projects, kid reporter interviews, and more from student reporters ages 9-15. Visit to find out how you can participate and support!

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Climate Crisis Episode 1: What’s an Ecosystem and What Are Fossil Fuels?
Jun 20 2022
Climate Crisis Episode 1: What’s an Ecosystem and What Are Fossil Fuels?
In episode 1 of the IndyKids Climate Crisis series, IndyKids reporters Mila and Melina interview Lucy Andrews, a scientist and PhD student in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at the University of California Berkeley.Lucy talks about why she loves being a scientist, her favorite part of the job, what ecosystems and fossil fuels are, and what they have to do with the climate crisis!   This episode is perfect for students who are being introduced to climate change and climate crisis concepts, including how wars impact the environment.Listen at home as a family or use the episodes and discussion guides (in the episode descriptions) as an educational resource.Key terms to listen for:EcosystemClimateClimate conditionsFossil fuelsGreenhouse gassesSolar powerWind powerHydro powerNuclear powerResilientDiscussion Questions:Why do Mila and Melina want to learn more about the climate crisis?What is an ecosystem?What do ecosystems have to do with climate change?What are fossil fuels? Why do we rely on them so much? How does burning fossil fuels contribute to the climate crisis?How does war affect the environment?What does Lucy want people to know about her work?Credits:IndyKids Reporters – Melina Ferreyra and Mila LemoineProduced by Emily Löwinger, Isis Phillips and Julia ThomasEdited by Emily LöwingerAudio Mentor – Zoe GrueskinShow Intro Music by Luca CantagalloOriginal Artwork by Cayzlen RodriguezSpecial thanks to Emma GaffneyWe’d like to thank The New York Community Trust and Wolf Family for their support.