The Guardian online pick of the week Oct 2017


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February 14, 2017

When Hob Osterlund dreamt of her deceased relative Martha Warren Beckwith, little did she know that it would change the course of her life and lead her to fall in love with some of the most mystical and spectacular birds on earth.

In this episode of MHP, Hob talks about her simply beautiful book Holy Mōlī: Albatross and Other Ancestors. She shares her heartbreak over the death of her mother as a young child, her work as a nurse, problems facing albatrosses today, and how she was finally able to forgive herself and become an incredible advocate for these beautiful...

February 7, 2017

What do you get when an earth loving sister drives into a tree in an apparent accident? TreeSisters of course. Meet Clare Dakin; change-maker, social entrepreneur, and inspirational speaker who was delivered a life changing message the moment she crashed into that tree.

In this episode of MHP, I’m grateful to chat to this remarkable woman and hear her story- from a tricky childhood to playing mother earth while hating ritual theatre. To moving from a place of fear into one of empowerment. Clare explains why women are the key to the climate change crisis...

January 31, 2017

Frans Schepers grew up in a small town in the Netherlands, but that didn’t stop him from traveling to the farthest corners of the earth carving out a wonderful career in conservation. He now strives to make Europe a shining example to the rest of the world of how Rewilding can work.

An avid bird watcher, in this episode of MHP Frans shares his story-the memory of seeing an owl for the first time, traveling the world only to discover the beauty in his own back yard, his vision of Rewilding Europe and leaving a part of his heart in Southern Africa.

Frans Schepers is...

January 23, 2017

From a young girl camping in the wilderness of Ontario to becoming a life long tree hugger, it’s clear that Debora Souter loves nature.

This former silviculture specialist now spends her time at The Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve in British Columbia, Canada. In this episode of MHP, Debora shares her talent for patterning, her travels on the Trans Siberian Railway, why she thinks that familiarity breeds fondness and her belief each day that she’s died and gone to heaven.

As a Blue Heron Reserve volunteer and educator, Debora teaches students and the public how to...

January 16, 2017

From a childhood spent in Johannesburg miles away from any Ocean to now heading up Ocean Unite, Karen Sack has made it her passion and her mission to fight for our beautiful big blue planet.

In this episode of MHP, Karen chats about growing up in South Africa during apartheid and working tirelessly to help create the Ross Sea Reserve.. She explains why, (beyond the fact that every second breath we take comes from them), our oceans are critical to our survival, what issues they face in this age of the Anthropocene and why she feels a little bit guilty for being Ri...

December 12, 2016

As a young woman growing up in Trenton New Jersey, Peggy Shepard dream job was to be an editor at a magazine in New York. While her path ultimately lead her to Manhattan, her ultimate dream job ended up by her becoming one of the most distinguished and highly respected environmental advocates in The United States today.

In this episode of MHP, Peggy shares her journey and how she came to co-found The West Harlem Environmental Action, and environmental justice movement. She shares some startling statistics on the cumulative effects of pollution on a community, and...

December 5, 2016

For Sharyn Munro city life is a jail sentence. When she returned to life in the bush, this author soon became an unlikely voice for people across Australia battling for their land and their livelihoods.

In this episode of MHP, Sharyn shares why she’d much prefer a wallaby world to a Wally world. She talks about what it’s like to live surrounded by wildlife ( including deadly snakes), building a house literally by hand, witnessing the devastating impacts of forest fires and how she as a nature writer, came to write the seminal work about the dirty tactics used by...

November 28, 2016

As a child in Brooklyn, Marc Bekoff grew up with, love, compassion, empathy and a goldfish.

Marc kept his compassion and become a compassionate conservationist. In this episode of MHP, Marc talks about his life; from a childhood spent asking what animals were thinking, to a career as a renowned leader in the field of animal behaviour and an acclaimed author of many books and scientific papers.

Marc chats about the importance of naming animals in science; why animal welfare just doesn’t cut it; taking Temple Grandin to task for her ‘Stairways to Heaven’, and why ‘t...

November 21, 2016

Valerie Taylor-Living Legend, Conservation Champion

Valerie Taylor is a living legend.With her husband Ron, she went from being a spearfishing champion to one of the worlds biggest champions for ocean conservation.At eighty-one Valerie has had a remarkable life so far.

In this episode of MHP she talks about some of her incredible experiences; being knighted by the Dutch Royal family, her wonderful career as an underwater photographer, the backlash the film Jaws had on sharks, how eels make great friends and why tiger sharks are pussycats. She shares her admiration...

November 14, 2016

Growing up in South L.A, Juan Martinez never envisioned what a sky full of stars looked like without the bright urban lights to mask them, or what birds chirping sounded like without the sounds of sirens and car horns.

Yet today, this environmentalist, educator and National Geographic Emerging Explorer shares his love of nature with youth- just like him as the founder of the Natural Leaders Network.

In this episode of My Home Planet, Juan explains how growing jalapeños and the determination of one teacher took him out of Compton and into the Grand Tetons; his stea...

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