A podcast for seekers of planet heroes.
A place where you'll meet some remarkable people who wake up each day and work for the betterment and future of our beautiful earth and those we share it with.
Please join me each week and find some hope and inspiration from these wonderful earth advocates-those who take small world steps to become big planet heroes.
Rachel Love Nuwer-the good, the bad, the poached
RACHEL LOVE NUWER
Witnessing the burning of stock piled ivory, meeting the world’s last male northern white rhino, going under cover as a prostitute and drinking cocktails with an illegal wildlife buyer might seem like a far cry from a childhood spent in Biloxi, Mississippi but for science journalist Rachel Love Nuwer, these experiences are just part of the job.
In this episode of MHP Rachel talks about her acclaimed first book, Poached and some of these interesting yet heartbreaking adventures. She discusses the complexities around the illegal wildlife trade and explains just why she’s so willing to take risks in order to change global mindsets.
Rachel Love Nuwer is an award-winning journalist
reporting on numerous topics from science and travel to food and adventure . She writes for for the New York Times, National Geographic, BBC Future and many others and has just published her first book-Poached: Inside the Dark World of Wildlife Trafficking
you can find out more about Rachel at
Lisa Jayne Cameron-Rebuilding Lives and Communities
Given the freedom to roam as a child, Lisa Jayne (L.J.) Cameron spent much her childhood alone in nature with animals.
Little wonder then that this ex-marketing woman would, years later come to found and run the first sanctuary in Australia dedicated to disabled and abused animals.
In this episode of MHP, this compassionate woman tells her story-from being trampled by horses, to being inspired by a being called Mr. Waddles. She discusses the rehabilitation work she does for those in her care, shares her frustration in finding a forever home and muses on the joy of raising some beautiful humans and saving some incredible lives.
Lisa Jayne Cameron is the founder of the Storybook Farm-Sacred Animal Garden. Along with her family L.J runs this little farm with a big heart-the first of its kind sanctuary in Austraila for disabled and special needs animals, plus an educational farm for children.
To learn more about the wonderful work of L.J, her family and the sanctuary, please visit her facebook page Storybook Farm-Sacred Animal Garden.
James Stanton-Cooke: Getting Half Cut
Thankfully It’s not every child who is unfortunate enough to witness the total destruction of their backyard playground, but for Beards On co-founder James Stanton-Cooke, the experience, quite understandably left a lasting impression.
In this episode of MHP, this mild mannered, deeply committed environmentalist discusses that difficult story. He also chats about his almost career in baseball and being grouped in South America. He talks about magical snakes and menacing salmonella and explains how sometimes the best conversations start when your half cut.
James Stanton-Cooke is an Environmental campaigner and Sydney Coordinator for Lock the Gate Alliance. He is also the co-founder of Beards On, a Not For Profit environmental organisation, whose goal is to encourage men to grow a beard and start a conversation about conservation. As a Rainforest Trust Australia partner, Beards On has so far been able to help conserve over 18 million acres of forest through its numerous fundraising campaigns including Half Cut, a fun conversation starting initiative for men to grow then shave half their beard. A celebration of this achievement will be held at 4 Pines Brewery, in Brookvale, NSW on August 31st.
To learn more about Half Cut, James and Beards On other great initiates please visit Beardson.org
Michael Stocker-A Time to Listen
With a childhood fascination for aquariums and a passion for music, it’s little wonder that Ocean Conservation Research founder Michael Stock-er has made championing the sounds of our oceans his life’s work.
In this episode of MHP, this humble jazz fan shares some of those childhood memories. He talks about why he set up OCR, using Kurtosis as a measuring tool, his role as a translator- and why 911 impacted our oceans. Michael also shares some of his favourite sounds and reveals the one sound he wants us all to hear.
Michael Stock-er is a naturalist, acoustician, musician and the founding director of Ocean Conservation Research is a not for profit centre made up of scientists, engineers and ocean advocates dedicated to improving the environmental health of our oceans. With a focus on marine-bioacoustics, Michael has published and presented numerous research papers and articles to governments and organizations around the world and is the author of the fascinating book: Hear Where We Are : Sound, Ecology, and Sense of Place (Springer 2013)
You can find out more about Michael and OCR on the great resource website www.ocr.org
And hear from more great people at www.myhomeplanet.org and www.twig.fm
Joel Hanna-The Power of The Big Little Brush
Most of us take brushing our teeth for granted. But for many people, around the world and close to home, access to dental hygiene is a luxury.
In this episode of MHP Joel Hanna, founder of the social enterprise Big Little Brush
shares his own story of dental neglect and how this opened his eyes to impacts the impacts of poor dental health on individuals and communities. He explains the saintliness of his mum, tells of the joy in helping others and why his children might just end up without friends at their birthday parties.
Joel Hanna’s day job is as the Agile Team Facilitator at Xero Australia. His other job is as the co-founder of Big Little Brush- a social enterprise that sells sustainable bamboo toothbrushes. Launched late 2017 100% per cent of the BLB profits helps fund primary health programs in Indigenous communities around Australia.
You can learn more about Joel and Big Little Brushe at: https://www.biglittlebrush.org/ and https://medium.com/@BigLittleBrush_
And hear from more great people at myhomeplanet.org and twig.fm
Ayana Young-Messages From The Mountains
From having never held a seed in her hand to now planting 1 million trees-For The Wild founder Ayana Young’s life has certainly evolved.
In this episode of MHP this restoration ecologist shares her story-from a suburban, Orange County upbringing to tent living in her beloved forest. On the way she’s gathered on Wall Street and travelled to the ‘safest’ place on earth.
Ayana speaks of her greatest love affair. She explains what she thinks is the real ask should be in environmental campaigning and how a forest miracle was responsible for the remarkable 1 Million Redwoods project she now finds herself creating.
Ayana Young is the co-founder of For The Wild, a not for profit, dedicated to preserving the integrity of Earth’s natural communities. She recently launched the most successful farm project in Kickstarter history-1 Million Redwoods Project- planting millions of trees, and companion plants to mitigate climate change and species loss. She is also the host of the very popular For The Wild podcast and a member of our very own twig.fm.
Find out more at www.twig.fm
You can learn more about Ayana, For the Wild and the 1 Million Redwoods project at www.forthewild.world
Inspiring and Gives Me Hope
This show reminds me that there are so many people doing beautiful things to support their communities and the planet. Natasha's interviews are insightful and heart-warming. More please!
Wonderful podcast. Natasha Milne seeks out folks who may or may not be known to the listener all of whom have devoted their lives to helping make our earth a better place for animals and humans alike. Challenging and rewarding podcast. Highly recommended!
I love this podcast! Natasha's voice is great and her guests are so interesting. I look forward to the next one.