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.
Rock'n'roll for wolves with Jen GaNun
In this final episode for Season 2, Julia and Sofia talk to dancer, choreographer and singer Jen Ganun about leveraging the power of rock and roll for wolf conservation in Colorado. The transcript for this episode is available here:
Exploring the treetops with Tim Kovar
In this episode, Julia and Sofia talk to tree climber Tim Kovar about trees, inclusivity and connecting people with nature. The transcript for this episode is available here:
Culture and conservation with Miriam Supuma
In this episode, Julia and Sofia talk to conservationist Miriam Supuma about traditional knowledge, birds of paradise and the role of cultural identity in preserving biodiversity. The full transcript for this episode can be found here:
Artivism and conservation with Sofiya Shukhova
In this episode, Julia and Sofia talk to artivist Sofiya Shukhova about the complexities of the wildlife trade and finding inspiration in unexpected places. The transcript for this episode is available here:
Becoming a field conservationist with Rachel Ashegbofe Ikemeh
In this episode, Sofia and Julia talk to conservationist Rachel Ashegbofe Ikemeh about conserving chimpanzees, the importance of mentorship, and also being a woman in the field. A content warning for this episode, please note that we are discussing sexual harassment between 18.30 and 20 minutes so you can skip that part of the episode if you don't wish to listen to that discussion. The transcript for this episode is available here: https://conservationoptimism.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Transcript-S2-E04_Rachel-Ashegbofe-Ikemeh.pdf.
Polar pursuits with Tom Hart
In this episode, Sofia and Julia talk to penguinologist Tom Hart about the dynamics of polar ecosystems and creating a sense of home in remote places. The transcript for this episode is available here: https://conservationoptimism.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Good-Natured_S02EP03_Tom-Hart.pdf.
Extremely interesting! Enjoyed the conversation and the practicality approach (connecting & using alternative methods) to present conservation as something we can all do!
Open minded approach
I really like how your open minded and multidisciplinary approach to conservation makes it accessible to all levels of expertise