Our Future Nature Podcast spotlights sustainable technologies and solutions to the global issues facing our planet today. Through conversations with some of the most innovative entrepreneurs, creatives and academics, the podcast breaks down complex trends and explores boundary-breaking ideas. The podcast is made for anyone with an appetite for novel technologies and ideas for a more sustainable planet. Our Future Nature Podcast is hosted by entrepreneur, conservationist and filmmaker Sean Lee-Davies.
How Melting Glaciers Can Cause Extinctions. | ft. Craig Leeson
In this episode Sean Lee-Davies speaks to award-winning filmmaker, climate advocate and entrepreneur Craig Leeson. Best known for his award-winning film ‘A Plastic Ocean’, which featured the likes of Sir. David Attenborough, Sylvia Earle and former US president Barack Obama, Leeson is now turning his attention to another environmental issue: our melting glaciers.
Here, Lee-Davies talks to Leeson all about his newest documentary film ‘The Last Glaciers’, as well as how melting glaciers actually affect our economy and environment. The duo also delve into the politics behind environmental change—and in some cases, the lack thereof. So, Are democracies equipped to fix the climate crisis? Listen to Leeson’s take on the issue to find out.
Smashing The Glass Ceiling, Can TikTok Better Our World? | ft. Franziska Trautmann
In this episode Sean Lee-Davies speaks to Franziska Trautmann, otherwise known as ‘@ecofran’ or ‘the sand girl’ on TikTok, about her viral efforts to recycle glass into sand through her company, Glass Half Full. The duo discuss why glass is better than plastic, whether TikTok is a viable medium for change and tips for other young social entrepreneurs.
As seniors at Tulane University, Trautmann and her co-founder Max Steitz were disappointed by the lack of glass recycling in New Orleans, so they decided to do something about it. Rather than tackle the current system, the duo implemented their own grassroots glass recycling program, calling it Glass Half Full. Glass Half Full is a social enterprise which recycles glass, turning it into sand and gravel for disaster relief sandbags, coastal restoration and eco-construction, amongst other products.
Does Anyone Really Care If Sharks Go Extinct? | ft. Andy Cornish
In this episode Sean Lee-Davies speaks to Andy Cornish, who leads WWF’s global shark and ray conservation programme. The duo discuss the important role sharks play in the wider ecosystem and what could happen if we were to lose such a key species. They also delve into whether sustainable shark fishing is possible and exciting new technologies developed to trace illegal shark fishing trading.
With a PhD in Marine Ecology, Cornish has spent the last 20 years working for NGOs, government and academia, consistently focused on creating viable international conservation strategies. He also co-authored Hong Kong’s first sustainable seafood guide, led shark-fin advocacy efforts and an anti-trawling campaign called ‘Save Our Seas’, which resulted in a permanent ban on all trawling.
The Culture Behind Cultivated Meat | ft. Josh Tetrick of GOOD Meat
In this mini-episode, Sean Lee-Davies speaks to Josh Tetrick, the CEO of Eat Just and Good Meat about the future of cultured meat and its potential to mitigate agriculture-related climate change emissions. The duo also delves into how cultured chicken is made, how to design cultured meat for meat-lovers, and Tetrick’s overall vision: to live in a world that doesn’t slaughter animals.
Prior to founding his companies, Tetrick led a United Nations business initiative in Kenya and worked for both former US President Clinton and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. He has been named one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business,” Inc.’s “35 Under 35” and Fortune’s “40 Under 40.”
Building a sustainable safari lodge with Mike Myers
“It was the twilight of my guiding career to have a project like this. It was always my dream to be able to build one lodge and run it perfectly.” - Mike Myers
In this episode, Sean Lee-Davies speaks to Mike Myers, the managing director of Xigera Safari Lodge, about his love for Africa’s wilderness and why photography is key to conservation. The duo discusses everything from the importance of using tourism to fund wildlife conservation to building a sustainable hospitality business model.
Before working at Xigeria, an all-inclusive hotel set in the remote Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta, Myers spent decades working as a safari guide and wildlife photographer in Botswana, building deep knowledge of the region—knowledge that he’s now using to inspire guests to care about wildlife conservation.
Don’t Run! What It's Really Like To Be A Safari Guide | ft. Peter Allison
“Conservation used to be about better fences, now it’s about better relationships and I think that is what is going to swing it around. That is where the hope lies” - Peter Allison
In this episode, Sean Lee-Davies speaks to renowned safari guide, best-selling author, and conservationist Peter Allison, about everything from the misogyny and colonialism that runs rampant in the wildlife industry to the importance of running sustainable safaris that align with conservation targets in the region.
Though he’s dedicated his entire career towards conservation, Allison actually grew up far away from wildlife in Sydney, where the most interesting species he saw was a parrot. By aged 19, he packed his bags and moved to Africa to start his career as a safari guide, and has since gone on to author three books about his experiences. Allison also recently co-founded green safari company, Natural Selection.