Conservation Optimism Podcast

Welcome to Good Natured, a Conservation Optimism podcast, where you can join us for uplifting chats that shine a light on conservation challenges. In each episode, we interview an inspiring conservationist. Our guests come from a variety of backgrounds – artists, scientists, business owners, and activists – and engage with conservation in a variety of ways. We talk about their challenges and successes, and their hopes for the future of nature.

Episode 9:

On this episode, Sofia and Julia talk to horticulturist Carlos Magdalena, who is also known as the Plant Messiah. We talk about the importance of plants in our day to day life, ways to make people care about them more and his conservation work at Kew Gardens. Full transcript available here.

Episode 8:

On this episode, Sofia and Julia talk to ecologist Meredith Palmer about the power of citizen science, the importance of inclusivity and some of the surprising discoveries her research has uncovered in the Serengeti.

Episode 7:

On this episode, Sofia and Julia talk to Jessie Panazzolo the founder of Lonely Conservationists, an online platform which supports conservationists. We discuss the importance to save those who are saving the world, the feeling of impostor syndrome and the liberation that comes with being able to share stories of difficulty and failure.

Episode 6:

On this episode, Sofia and Julia talk to British theatre maker and director Tom Bailey about the ways he integrates conservation topics in his pieces, the inspiration behind his work and the importance of creativity to reach different audiences. Full transcript available here.

Episode 5:

On this episode, Sofia and Julia talk with Indian conservationist Purnima Devi Barman about her fight to protect the greater adjutant stork, the importance of involving women in conservation and the power of creating new traditions! Full transcript available here.

Episode 4:

On this episode, Sofia and Julia talk with Carl Jones, a Welsh biologist renowned for saving multiple bird species in Mauritius. We discover that saving a species is not that straightforward as Carl discusses the challenges he faced along the way and we get a glimpse of his vision for the future of nature.

Episode 3:

On this episode, Sofia and Julia talk with the founder and CEO of Key Conservation, Megan Cromp. Key is a transformational new app that aims to help empower conservationists around the world. Full transcript available here.

Episode 2:

On this episode, Sofia and Julia talk to climate psychologist Caroline Hickman about eco-anxiety, climate grief and the power of young climate activists. Full transcript available here.

Episode 1:

On this episode, Sofia and Julia talk to Caleb Ofori-Boateng about his inspiring work conserving amphibians in Ghana and learn about the concept of conservation evangelism. Full transcript available here.

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