The Guardian online pick of the week Oct 2017


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October 29, 2017

While looking forward to doing field work with dingoes in Australia, the evolutionary and environmental biologist  Dr. Arian Wallach wasn’t quite prepared for the darker side of conservation. 

In this episode of MHP Arian discusses everything from the bittersweet findings of her PhD research, to the benefits of introduced species (just don’t call them invasive), the cultural importance of apex predators and the concept of environmental fascism.

She explains why she’s excited about the upcoming Compassionate Conservation conference, the value of paw prints, wh...

October 17, 2017

Imogen Taylor is on a mission, one which has taken her on a journey from a successful career in law to now writing and illustrating meaningful books for children, and in this episode of MHP she explains why she wants to save endangered wildlife-with a little help from her readers. 

Imogen discusses her latest book, the first in a series that features a delightful group of young wildlife warriors called The POWeS, she shares some of the complexities around writing about wildlife poaching for young people, and explains why she’s quite a fan of youtube. 

Having been...

October 2, 2017

Even with a childhood spent in the heart of New York City, Nina Simons knew from an early age that nature was her spiritual path.

In this episode of MHP, this generous visionary thinker and leadership expert tells how and why she liberated her stuffed animals, followed the sage advice of her parents and has been transformed by theatre, nature and humanity.

Nina shares her journey as co-founder of the first-of-its kind Bioneers conference and initiative (now in its 27th year), the importance of cultivating women’s leadership, the wisdom of indigenous elders, what l...

September 18, 2017

You’d be hard pressed to find a greater friend to our oceans and all who inhabit them than Shawn Heinrichs. 

In this episode of MHP, this brilliant award-winning cinematographer and conflict zone journalist shares his insights from the front line of planet survival- from his mixed emotions scuba diving for the first time, to the moment when he went from being an arm chair activist to ocean warrior.  Shawn talks about the challenges of reaching the 99%, celebrating the feminine, the importance of saving even just one life, swimming with mermaids and his one real r...

September 3, 2017

One of Dorothée Sophie Royal’s first encounters with nature was giggling at a rose when she was only a few days old. And while she didn’t always consider herself a plant person, life had other ideas for this author, artist and moontime medicine maker. 

In this episode of MHP, Doro chats about her unusual upbringing, how she went from a degree in Political Science to hosting a popular organic food show, working for the Bioneers initiative, and founding MoonTent Co.

She tells of her experiences at Standing Rock, the importance of exploring ancestry, shares what...

August 22, 2017

As Sea Shepherd celebrates 40 years on the frontline of marine conservation, defending, conserving and protecting our oceans, Jeff Hansen explains why he doesn’t want any more birthday presents. 

In this episode of MHP, this mild-mannered ocean warrior chats about everything from chronic fatigue to concussion grenades, albatrosses and Antarctica. 

He shares his memories of that first trip at sea-the camaraderie between crew, volunteers and supporters. He explains the serious new risks that Japan poses to whales, how the Jolly Roger came to be, why his small list o...

August 7, 2017

From Astrophysics to Geophysics, some might call Joanna Young an underachiever.

But in this episode of MHP, this Fairbanks resident shares her true achievement as a relentless optimist for our planet, while working as a Glaciologist in Alaska.

With a childhood spent in the cold of Canada, a love of the outdoors, and a passion for mentoring young girls in the Girls on Ice program, it’s little wonder that Joanna jumped at the recent opportunity to travel to Antarctica with 75 other women scientists, on the impressive inaugural Homeward Bound voyage.

In this podcast,...

July 24, 2017

As a child Gene Baur had no idea that he would go on to create what many people believe is ‘the happiest place on earth’.

In this episode of MHP this ultra marathon runner shares his journey- from growing up in the Hollywood Hills to co-founding Farm Sanctuary, a remarkable sanctuary for farm animals across America. 

While Gene tells some heart breaking stories from a life advocating on behalf of animals, he also reflects on the remarkable transformations that both humans and other animals make once they start living the farm sanctuary life.

Along the way, this inf...

June 26, 2017

By his own admission, Sean Willmore was living a pretty good life as an Australian bush ranger. 

So what caused this contented man to sell his car, re-mortgage his house and take off around the world?

Always on the go, in this episode of MHP, Sean chats about this monumental decision and why he’s dedicating his life to helping protect the protectors of wildlife,  who are standing on the thin green line.

 He tells some heart breaking statistics and stories of fellow rangers plights and explains how his foundation supports these wildlife defenders and their families....

June 13, 2017

As a child Suzanne Rogers was fascinated by the interactions between humans and non-human animals. With a career in animal welfare, she’s had plenty of time to observe not just animal behaviour but human behaviour as well. So with a deep desire to understand human behaviour towards animals, Suzanne founded the Human Behaviour Change for Animals initiative.

In this episode of MHP, Suzanne discusses the Initiative and shares her insights into the complexities around human behaviour change not just for animals but for ourselves as well. She chats about everything fr...

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