The Guardian online pick of the week Oct 2017


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November 13, 2018

Witnessing the burning of stock piled ivory, meeting the world’s last male northern white rhino, going under cover as a prostitute and drinking cocktails with an illegal wildlife buyer might seem like a far cry from a childhood spent in Biloxi, Mississippi but for science journalist Rachel Love Nuwer, these experiences are just part of the job.

In this episode of MHP Rachel talks about her acclaimed first book, Poached and some of these interesting yet heartbreaking adventures. She discusses the complexities around the illegal wildlife trade and explains just why...

August 13, 2018

Thankfully It’s not every child who is unfortunate enough to witness the total destruction of their backyard playground, but for Beards On co-founder James Stanton-Cooke, the experience, quite understandably left a lasting impression.

In this episode of MHP, this mild mannered, deeply committed environmentalist discusses that difficult story. He also chats about his almost career in baseball and being groped in South America. He talks about magical snakes and menacing salmonella and explains how sometimes the best conversations start when your half cut.

James Stan...

June 4, 2018

With a childhood fascination for aquariums and a passion for music, it’s little wonder that Ocean Conservation Research founder Michael Stocker has made championing the sounds of our oceans his life’s work.

In this episode of MHP, this humble jazz fan shares some of those childhood memories. He talks about why he set up OCR, using Kurtosis as a measuring tool, his role as a translator- and why 911 impacted our oceans.  Michael also shares some of his favourite sounds and reveals the one sound he wants us all to hear.

Michael Stocker is a naturalist, acoustician, m...

May 1, 2018

Most of us take brushing our teeth for granted. But for many people, around the world and close to home, access to dental hygiene is a luxury.

 In this episode of MHP Joel Hanna, founder of the social enterprise Big Little Brush

shares his own story of dental neglect and how this opened his eyes to impacts the impacts of poor dental health on individuals and communities. He explains the saintliness of his mum, tells of the joy in helping others and why his children might just end up without friends at their birthday parties.

Joel Hanna’s day job is as the Agile Tea...

March 19, 2018

From having never held a seed in her hand to now planting 1 million trees-For The Wild founder Ayana Young’s life has certainly evolved.

In this episode of MHP this restoration ecologist shares her story-from a suburban, Orange County upbringing to tent living in her beloved forest. On the way she’s gathered on Wall Street and travelled to the ‘safest’ place on earth.

Ayana speaks of her greatest love affair. She explains what she thinks is the real ask should be in environmental campaigning and how a forest miracle was responsible for the remarkable 1 Million Red...

February 19, 2018

While growing up at the foothills of the Himalayas, Tshering Lama O’Gorman couldn’t imagine that she’d find herself years later living in the biggest city in Australia. As the program director of the Australian Himalayan Foundationthough, she returns to Nepal frequently and sees the changes -both good and bad, to her homeland- first hand.

In this episode of MHP, Tshering discusses her career for for NGO’s around the world. She shares the critical work of the AHF on the ground and with their focus on education, health and the environment. She explains the issues a...

February 6, 2018

She may have grown up in an idyllic part of the world, but for Harriet Spark, her teenage years were difficult and unfulfilling.

In this episode of MHP, this graphic designer and environmental warrior explains a how taking a dive into the unknown changed her life and made her appreciate what she does and doesn’t need to be happy.

She talks about crazy crown of thorns, living on an uninhabited island, her passion for conservation through creative communication, her love of grumpy turtles and why straws really do suck.

Harriet Spark is a graphic designer, dive instru...

December 12, 2017

Dermot O’Gorman grew up with nature right outside his front door. So, little wonder then, that his first job was with National Parks in Australia. An epiphany though and a deep desire to solve meaningful global environmental challenges led him out of the local wilderness and into an impressive career with the WWF.

In this episode of my home planet, this patient (especially with interview technical difficulties) and thoughtful man chats about his formative years-how he followed his passion for conservation and why, sometimes career advisors don’t give the best adv...

November 28, 2017

Ethical fashion wasn’t something Edwina Walsh (or most children) have on their minds growing up. And while always interested in clothes she didn’t really consider a career in fashion either as a young girl in Melbourne.

Yet a successful fashion career she made, one which led her to work with global brands, study in New York and ultimately start her own ethical fashion label called Bamboo Monkey.

In this episode of MHP this wonderful earth advocate discusses her fashion evolution. She chats about the highs and lows of the fashion world; how our clothes are produced...

November 15, 2017

LoraKim was dreaming of birds from a young age, which might explain her chosen first career as a veterinarian specialising in avian medicine, a career which has taken her on a journey of love, loss and re-connection across the Americas.

In this episode of MHP LoraKim chats about her new book Conservation in Time of War: A transformational journey through beauty and tragedy. The book is a heartfelt memoir filled with joy, sadness, humour and everything in between.

She describes her first impressions of Guatemala during the height of a civil war, hearing the voice t...

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