Hi, I'm Lalitha Krishnan. I want to reconnect my fellow Indians to nature through storytelling and to share everything I learn by entertaining, creating awareness, and bringing back the ‘awe’ of our natural world seamlessly. Listen to relevant conservation stories. This podcast comes to you from a hilltop in the Himalaya. Download episodes free and listen at leisure. Read the show notes on earthymatters.blog Keep listening for news, views and, updates from the world of conservation. Disclaimer: Views, thoughts, and opinions (and they can change) expressed in the podcast and show notes belong solely to the guests featured in the episode, and not necessarily to the host of this podcast/blog or the guest’s employer, organisation, committee or other group or individual.
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Women for Nature: Vena Kapoor EP 22 Part 2
As an ecologist, conservation researcher Vena Kapoor has worked on exploring if spiders can be used as natural pest control agents in the rainforest in Valparai in the Western Ghats. For a few years, she also managed the administrative and finance team in NCF's head office in Mysore. In 2010, Vena received Ravi Sankaran InlaksScholarship for the MPhil in Conservation Leadership at the University of Cambridge, UK. After the course, she worked with the Cambridge Conservation Initiative on strategizing and improving the collaborative potential of geographically co-located conservation organizations for more impactful conservation research and practice. Her current area of expertise and work is in developing a well-researched nature learning curriculum and outreach material for primary schools using education theory and pedagogical practices. She also conducts workshops, talks, and walks for adults and children to introduce them to the fascinating world of insects, spiders, and nature around them.
Women For Nature: MIttal Gala And Garima Bhatia. Ep#22 Part I
I’m speaking to three amazing women who work for Nature Conservation Foundation. They manage and coordianate 3 programmes: Bird Count India, Early Bird and Nature Classrooms.
Let's Talk About Thano. Lokesh Ohri. Abhijay Negi. Sanjay Sondhi. Ep#21
Episode #21 is about the Thano forest in in the Doon valley Uttarakhand- the state where I live. Thano has been in the news lately because the Uttarakhand government has sought the National Wildlife Board's approval to transfer 243 acres of forest land to the Airports Authority of India. They want to expand the local existing Jolly Grant airport into an international airport. Listen to the facts from my 3 guests who are all prominent Doon citizens. Lokesh Ohri: Anthropologist, historian, writer and a cultural activist & founder of Been There Doon That. Abhijay Negi, is a young activist-lawyer, founder of MAD which stand for Making a difference. Both are active drivers of the #savethano movement. I am also speaking with Sanjay Sondhi, a well known naturalist, founder of Titli Trust and a community development and livelihoods expert. Photos courtesy: (Woodpecker included:Sanjay Sondhi), Lokesh Ohri and Abhijay Negi
Collective Wisdom: The Best From My Guests. Ep# 20
In this last episode of Season Two of Heart of Conservation, I've put together the collective wisdom of 20+ people who were my guests so far. At the end of every episode, I ask my guests to share something that's significant to them - a word, an idea or their hopes. It's all here. Listen! Read the show notes earthymatters.blog. Season Three coming soon. Stay Safe. Keep Listening.
Bill Aitken: Nature as the Footprint of the Divine. Ep#19
Truth be told, this is one of those interviews where I got more answers than I expected. As usual I learned a lot and am even more in awe of my guest William McKay Aitken (better known as Bill Aitken). He is a dear friend and hillside neighbour who I have long admired for his sense of adventure, his travel writing, his wit, and take on life.. Bill was born in Scotland, hitchhiked to India across Europe in the 1950s and stayed onto become a naturalized Indian citizen. Drawn by his love for Himalayan mountains and rivers and plateaus of India bill written extensively about them. He has authored over a dozen books including The Nanda Devi Affair and Seven Sacred Rivers Show notes for this podcast will be available soon on earthymatters.blog
Nina Sengupta: Your Guide to Urban Foraging Ep#18
Nina Gupta is an ecologist who lives in Auroville (India)and works around the globe as an independent consultant integrating biodiversity conservation and sustainable development options. . She has published a colouring book for adults, the first in India, on Edible Weeds. She takes us through the where, how, which and why of urban foraging and shares her experience of foraging, the weed walks she conducts and also tells us where you draw the line with foraging as well. You can also find her 'Edible weed walk' on YouTube channel. Show notes coming soon on https://earthymatters.blog/ You can check my other podcast stories there in the meanwhile. Cover Art work: Lalitha Krishnan. Photo and illustrations courtesy Nina Sengupta.