A monthly podcast for parents/teachers of eco kids. Connecting kids to nature to save our planet.
Interviews with authors, photographers, scientists, conservationists and educationists. Reviews of books, films and event.
(A proud member of the Twig.fm extraordinary women podcasters for the planet channel)
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Holly Budge - How Many Many Elephants
Wilderkids is back after a short break and what a cracking episode to kick off the new season of interviews.
On this episode we have adventurer and conservationist, Holly Budge who tells us all about her visual campaign and charity - How Many Elephants.
Anyone that is familiar with my art will know how much I love elephants so when a friend from home told me about Holly, who had visited her children’s school, inspiring them all with her passion for saving these wonderful creatures, I knew that I had to interview her.
Holly is a passionate fun courageous woman and I think you’re all going to love hearing about her adventures as much as I did…
We chat about . . .
- Her hard hitting visual campaign and charity
- How she went from being a skydiving camerawoman to being a conservationist
- Her terrifying skydive over Everest!
- How a teacher expanded her mind and helped put her on the path she’s on today
- How passion and determination can help you achieve anything you set your mind to
- How if you can hone something right down and do one thing really well you will have a bigger impact
- The time she has spent in the African bush with the all female anti-poaching groups - The Black Mambas and the Akashinga
- Her experiences with school children in Africa and the UK and how they compare
Take a look at www.howmanyelephants.co to find out more about Holly and her campaign.
Monica Bond - World Giraffe Day
Today is World Giraffe Day and I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate it than chatting to giraffe expert and children’s author Monica Bond.
Monica is a wildlife biologist at the Wild Nature Institute, an NGO that creates environmental education tools for children and adults in Tanzania and the US, as well as other English speaking countries.
Africa is a place that holds a real fascination for me so I absolutely loved chatting to Monica about her work out there and what she believes needs to be done to save Africa’s unique and amazing wildlife. If you fancy escaping to Africa, quite literally, for a little while, have a listen.
We talk about . . .
The important work that she is doing in Africa.
The differences and similarities between children in Africa and the US in terms of their connection to nature.
Monica’s beautiful children’s books and her self-publishing journey to get them out into the world.
The effect that educating children about the issues facing our natural world is having at ground level.
Monica’s experiences working with woman and girls in Tanzania and the role they play in preserving Africa’s wildlife.
What it’s like working in Africa, particularly as a woman.
The biggest problems we’re facing in conserving our natural world
And what gives her hope that we can save it.
Take a look at the www.wildnatureinstitute.org to see the amazing and important work they are undertaking in Africa and in the US. For details on how to buy Monica's beautiful books please visit my website wilderkids.org
Cup of Tea Chat #3
It's been a while since I’ve had my good friend and fellow podcaster Tash (from My Home Planet) on the show, so I thought I’d bring her on to discuss a very old book that is new to me and a film that I absolutely love, that is now 10 years old, which I can’t quite believe! Both are still completely relevant. We normally meet in person for these chats but this time we had to have a virtual cup of tea together instead.
We end up chatting about Generation Z and their demands for businesses to be more transparent and sustainable and how ultimately that should give us all hope that we can halt this destructive path that we're on.
Wildlife Photographer Suzi Eszterhas - Girls Who Click
On today’s show I’m delighted to introduce you to wildlife photographer Suzi Eszterhas. I had such a blast talking to Suzi that I couldn’t even edit our conversation down, there are too many nuggets in there worth sharing.
It was one of those chats where you wish you were sat down in person over a couple of beers.
It’s a great interview but if you are a parent or caregiver of girls, this is definitely an interview you need to listen to!
We talk about . . .
How this sensitive tough girl who took on the bullies at school by learning to fight.
How raising an orphan serval was one of the best experiences of her life and how being a photographer made her a better fur mum.
How fostering empathy in young children might just be what we need to save our planet’s wildlife.
The sexism she’s faced in a male dominated profession.
Her experience of sexual harassment, her method for dealing with it and the anger she now feels about it happening to the young woman she mentors.
How strong is the new pretty.
The outrageous sexist comments that inspired her to create a not-for-profit, Girls Who
Click, to mentor young women and the surprising effect being a mentor has had on her.
How to deal with your own child wanting to go into an unreliable and tough industry.
The importance of following your bliss.
How hard it is to remain hopeful if you don’t have a strong spiritual framework within you.
How we can cure so many of our mental problems with forest bathing.
Her experience with poachers when out in the field and why she has sympathy for them.
Why she supports small grass root organisations over larger ones and the suspicions she has about how much funding they actually put into conservation efforts.
How the jungle is a bootcamp for the heart and soul.
And of course her career as a wildlife photographer.
Georgie Dolphin - Saving Dolphins With A Children’s Book
Since beginning this conservation journey the most amazing people keep entering my life. I am continually awed and inspired by their passion and dedication to shaping this world into a better place for all of us. I’m thankful to call them my friends.
On today’s show I get to chat to one of those friends, Georgie Dolphin. We met over a shared loved of wildlife conservation and children’s books, so as you can imagine, the attraction was instant. Georgie’s a rare breed. A truly kind, generous and lovely soul.
Georgie works for Humane Society International (HSI). An amazing organisation that work to create a humane and sustainable world for all animals, including people. Through education, advocacy and empowerment. We talk quite a bit about the important work that HSI undertake, particularly the role Georgie plays.
Her children’s book, ‘Dolphin Freedom For Wally And Molly’, seeks to education children about where dolphins truly belong, in the wild. A sensitive and gentle story, that ends with fun dolphin facts and games.
Also in our chat . . .
What turned a 13 year old Georgie into an animal advocate.
What came first the desire to save dolphins or to create children’s books.
Georgie’s book making process using just her computer, how she printed it and what her goal is for publishing the book.
The public response to her children’s book.
Getting her children’s book into Japan and China.
How she copes with copes what she’s exposed to on a daily basis through her job.
How much trouble the world’s donkeys are in at the hands of Chinese medicine, something I never knew about it.
About dolphin advocate Ric O’Barry and the film, The Cove, about the annual wild dolphin capture in Taiji Japan. Such an important film for dolphin conservation.
The Montessori School child-centred educational approach.
The importance of social media in spreading the conservation message, particularly in countries that have been traditionally hard to penetrate.
I hope you enjoy this really educational episode of Wilderkids. If our eyes our opened we can action serious world change just by simply deciding where we put our money.
Ondine Sherman - The Power of Education To Ensure a Better Future For The Voiceless.
You may have noticed that there has been a quite a gap between the last episode of Wilderkids and this one. The art/book side of my life has taken over everything lately - in the final push to get my next children’s book finished and in preparing for a tiger fundraising art exhibition. However, everything is now back on track and I can once again give the podcast, both the interviewees and the listeners, the attention it deserves.
Today’s guest is Ondine Sherman, co-founder of the not-for-profit Voiceless and author of the young adult fiction book Sky. We actually did this interview back in April and the lovely Ondine has been incredibly patient with me not having had a chance to edit (which always takes a surprisingly long time) and publish our chat until now, so thank you Ondine!!!
Voiceless envisions a world in which animals are treated with respect and compassion and is doing amazing work in drawing attention to the plight facing animals in factory farming and in the protection of wild animals. They believe in the power of education to ensure a better future for animals. Something I also believe in strongly.
We chat about.....
Her reasons behind creating Voiceless and the work the charity undertakes.
How she managed to get the support of celebrities to boost the profile of Voiceless.
Why they are now focusing their attention on youth empowerment.
The shocking truth behind the kangaroo meat industry.
How they tackle teaching animal cruelty to teenagers without giving them graphic details.
The young adult fiction book, the first in a series, that Ondine has written. The book, Sky, is about a young vegan Australian that engages youth in animal protection issues.
How Australia and Israel compare in their conservation issues and their approaches to these issues.
And the surprisingly collaborative and peaceful relationship between Israel and it’s neighbours that you never hear about in the news.
For the show notes please visit www.wilderkids.org