The Guardian online pick of the week Oct 2017


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May 29, 2017

While she may have pursued a degree in Religious studies, Carolyn Mullin’s primary devotion is to animals. As the founder of the United States first Animal Museum, Carolyn works to educate the public with a living history of the animal protection movement, animal studies and humane education as a way of enriching the lives of both human and non-human animals.

In this episode of MHP this remarkable woman chats about her activist roots, working with local communities and local governments to improve the welfare of animals. She explains how a picture of Farm Sanctua...

May 18, 2017

From surviving a fall into an ice crevice in the South Pole to being the first amateur cyclist to complete the three Grand Tours in a single season, it’s no wonder that Keith’s last name starts with Tuff.

In his day job, Keith heads up The B Team, a not-for-profit initiative created by a broad group of global business leaders, in order to catalyse a better way of doing business, for the wellbeing of humans and the planet.

In this episode of MHP, Keith talks about the challenges and opportunities for businesses today, why the plan A of capitalism isn’t working, and...

May 1, 2017

Even though Thandi Mweetwa grew up in one of the most wildlife rich countries on the planet, her first memory of that wildlife was from watching TV and hearing the stories of her mother’s childhood. Those stories had such a profound impact that Thandi worked hard to create her dream job and became an integral part of the Zambian Carnivore Program.

In this episode of MHP Thandi (along with a very loud cricket), chats about Canadian anatomy classes, the reproductive life of lions, the joy of heading up the ZCP’s education programme when she’s not out in the field,...

April 20, 2017

Bonnie Wyper has had a busy life. With careers in fashion, radio, advertising, real estate and art, she’s found her calling as co-founder of Thinking Animals United, a powerful animal advocacy initiative.

In this episode of My Home Planet, Bonnie shares her childhood love of the country and what drove her to advocate for non-human animals. She discusses why the upcoming Rethinking Animals Summit is so important, shares some surprising things she’s discovered about humans, and why we may just be the dumbest species out there.

Bonnie Wyper is the Founder and Preside...

April 3, 2017

Emanuele ‘Ema’ Biggi would not take offence if you'd called him a nerdy bug collector as a child, in fact he’d take it as a compliment. From the minute he could shake the hedge by his kindergarten and wonder at how insects would magically appear, he was hooked on all things creepy crawly.

In this episode of MHP this naturalist, photographer and Italian TV presenter shares his love for the underrated and sometimes under loved creatures we share the planet with.  He chats about his tools of the trade, acting as a ‘perspective motion control system’, why less charis...

March 21, 2017

To listen to Zoe Weil speak about the need for humane education is to be in the presence of total common sense and infectious inspiration. In this episode of MHP, Zoe shares story, from her almost accidental path to becoming a humane educator, to co-founding the Institute for Humane Education in order to create generations of ‘solutionaries’. She answers the question, “how can we create a just, healthy and humane world?”, explains what the MOGO principle is, why Humane Education should be in every school across the planet, and what Star Trek has taught her about...

March 13, 2017

Between emergency rescues and his undercover poaching investigations, it’s difficult to connect with Wildlife SOS co-founder Kartick Satyanarayan. 

Fortunately for MHP he made time while on the road in India to chat about his life and the brilliant work of Wildlife SOS. From a childhood spent observing tigers up on a tree branch, to picking the wrong course at university, Kartick talks about the career he loves, including helping to eradicate the illegal dancing bear trade in India.

He has dressed as a holy man to investigate the poaching of pangolins, tackled the...

March 6, 2017

She was born a nomad and her mother declares that she was raised by wolves, which might explain why artist and creative conservationist Asher Jay is as comfortable on the plains of the Serengeti as she in the middle of Manhattan.

 In this episode of MHP, this dynamic, infectious personality chats about her drive to create such prolific and life changing art,  why poaching is not just about wildlife, and what we can learn from sparrows.

She confesses to losing her way for a time and betraying the largest part of herself, discusses the philosophical and spiritu...

February 27, 2017

With 40 million + news feed views a week, you’d think that Rodney Habib would be a household name. Yet while many of us might not be familiar with him, for his 1.5 million Facebook subscribers he is the rock star of pet parents.

In this week's episode you learn that far from letting these startling statistics go to his head, Rodney not only remains humble, but feels even more responsible for bringing the most researched and in some cases controversial information on companion animal health to the world.

From a childhood without pets to now traveling the plane...

February 20, 2017

When greeted by the radiant smile and gentle laugh lines around photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur’s eyes, it’s difficult to imagine the horrors that those eyes have born witness to in bringing the world images of  ‘the invisibles’. 

In this episode of MHP Jo chats about what drives her to photograph and document the plight of captive, farmed and abused animals all over the world, her techniques for making those remarkable images-which serve as both a window and a mirror into human behaviour, and the benefits of viewing things from a wide angle.

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