The Eyes on Conservation Podcast is an interview series featuring conservations with top experts in the fields of conservation, wildlife and environmental justice.
ETH Bonus: We're Taking A Break!
Hello Earth to Humans listeners! Producer Matt Podolsky and I (Sarinah Simons) will be taking a break from the podcast for a little while to focus on exciting, new developments we have planned for Earth to Humans. In the mean time, we will be re-releasing previously aired episodes from the archives so you can still get ETH in your ears every other Wednesday. For more updates, follow us on Patreon at https://patreon.com/wildlenscollective
ETH 227: Bright Green Lies
Filmmaker Julia Barnes speaks with authors Derrick Jensen, Lierre Keith, and Max Wilbert about their new book Bright Green Lies: How the Environmental Movement Lost Its Way and What We Can Do About It.
"Bright Green Lies exposes the hypocrisy of leading environmental groups. It asks the questions most refuse to ask, and in that questioning, uncovers profound truths.” ―Chris Hedges
"This disturbing but very important book makes clear we must dig deeper than the normal solutions we are offered." ―Yvon Chouinard
The authors dismantle the illusion that modern, high-energy ways of living can be made sustainable by changing the fuel source. They expose the dark reality behind the industrial technologies that are being promoted as “green”.
The book and companion documentary can be found at: www.brightgreenlies.com
ETH 226: Saving the Rainforest, One C-Section at a Time
It’s far too rare in the world of environmentalism to see programs that seek to solve humanitarian issues, to create positive conservation outcomes. But, after seeing the implications of illegal logging on the communities and ecosystems in which they grew up, the Founders of Yayasan ASRI went about stopping it a little differently by asking ‘why?’
This approach, later dubbed ‘radical listening’ by the organization, led to a very simple answer to their question - local communities couldn’t afford healthcare that they needed for themselves and their families. Or, the chemical fertilizers they were being sold had become so expensive and unsustainable that they could no longer afford to pay for them, so could no longer grow crops to feed or support their families. In both incidences, people were turning to illegal logging to pay their bills. They weren’t logging because they wanted to, it was because they had no other choice.
By removing boundaries to affordable, high quality healthcare, providing education on organic farming techniques and offering business and grants and financial advice, this organization has changed the lives of many people throughout Indonesia by providing previously unavailable options, and has created a model that is now being used in other places around the world.
In this episode, Hannah Mulvany speaks to Mahardika Putra Purba about this incredible conservation and humanitarian organization in Borneo - the place that sparked her journey to become an environmental scientist.
Learn more about Yayasan ASRI on the latest Earth to Humans episode, or visit their website: https://www.alamsehatlestari.org/
ETH 225: "In a Gentle Way, He Shakes the World" - Munir Virani's Mission to Conserve Vultures and Birds of Prey
Munir Virani is a world-renowned raptor biologist and the executive vice president of the Peregrine Fund. We talk with him about growing up in Nairobi, Kenya, his inspiration to begin studying birds of prey, and how he helped solve a continent-wide mystery about the source of a mass-poisoning event that wiped out more than 95% of India’s vulture population.
ETH 224: Are We Screwing Up Climate Change Education?
There's no denying that climate change will play a significant role in everyone's lives in the future (if it isn't keeping you awake at night already). But how do we tell our kids the truth and reality about climate change and its implications on their futures without completely freaking them out?
Well, the answer is actually pretty complicated and doesn't allow for a clear-cut solution. While it is an amazing feat that some kids are learning about this important topic AT ALL, the way we are teaching them about it leaves a lot to be desired.
On this episode, we chat with 7-year-old and first grader, Rowan Podolsky, about how he currently understands climate change and its solutions as well as with his parents, Matt and Miranda Podolsky, about their fears, joys and confusion when it comes to climate change education and raising Rowan at a time when our environment seems so unstable.
ETH 223: Raíces Verdes
Samara Almonte is the creator of Raíces Verdes, a podcast for healing our relationship with the Earth and with each other, as well as a platform dedicated to validating, sharing and archiving the experiences of Black, Indigenous, People of color in connection to the environment. In this episode we speak with Samara about the inspiration behind her podcast, and share a segment from her recent interview with indigenous scholar, scientist and community advocate Dr. Jessica Hernandez.