20 episodes

Sentient Planet showcases the animals with whom we share the Earth and the humans dedicated to their urgent defense and preservation. Join host-creator Susan Woodward to explore species and examine the concept of sentience and what it means for our collective future. Guest interviews and long-form stories from the field are included every season. And we always provide campaign actions you can contribute towards a more just and harmonious planet for all living beings in this time of climate crisis and mass consumption. Brought to you from the traditional land of the Nisqually Tribe in the Pacific Northwest of the USA, a hotbed of environmental consciousness. Your ratings, reviews and Patreon donations propel our message to more listeners worldwide.

Sentient Planet Susan Woodward

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Sentient Planet showcases the animals with whom we share the Earth and the humans dedicated to their urgent defense and preservation. Join host-creator Susan Woodward to explore species and examine the concept of sentience and what it means for our collective future. Guest interviews and long-form stories from the field are included every season. And we always provide campaign actions you can contribute towards a more just and harmonious planet for all living beings in this time of climate crisis and mass consumption. Brought to you from the traditional land of the Nisqually Tribe in the Pacific Northwest of the USA, a hotbed of environmental consciousness. Your ratings, reviews and Patreon donations propel our message to more listeners worldwide.

    S2 What is Sentience with Roshi Susan Murphy

    S2 What is Sentience with Roshi Susan Murphy

    What is sentience? If we're to ask the question directly, perhaps a good place to seek an answer is with a great teacher.
    This week, it's our honor to welcome and share the Earth wisdom of the joyful Dr. Susan Murphy. Susan is a Roshi, a learned teacher in the tradition of Zen Buddhism. She is the founding and resident teacher of the Zen Open Circle in Sydney, Australia. And, as a writer, radio producer and film director, she’s considered one of the most important global voices in the Ecological Buddhism, or "Ecodharma" movement.
    Roshi Susan is the author of the splendid book https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/675136/minding-the-earth-mending-the-world-by-susan-murphy/ (Minding the Earth, Mending the World: Zen and the Art of Planentary Crisis) (Penguin Random House, 2014), a Zen response to the great ecological crisis of our time – climate change.
    Please enjoy this open and generous sharing from Susan about sentience, our kinship relationship with non-human animals – and everything else in the cosmos – and the impossibility of separating our human existence and experience from that of the Earth.
    Sentient Planet is an independent production, created on the traditional land of the Nisqually Tribe in the Pacific Northwest, USA. Please consider https://www.patreon.com/sentientplanet (supporting our work on Patreon). Thank you!
    Intro music: "The Spaces Between" by Scott Buckley.
    Interstitial music: "Last Day on Earth" by Stellardrone.

    • 53 min
    S2 For the Love of Moon Bears with Jill Robinson

    S2 For the Love of Moon Bears with Jill Robinson

    Jill Robinson first encountered a captive Moon Bear in 1993. The experience, which she recounts in our interview, changed her life. It also sparked the beginning of the end of the horrific bear bile industry.
    Moon Bears are Asian Black Bears. They are called Moon Bears in reference to the trademark white fur crescent that appears across their necks. In multiple countries across Asia, tens of thousands of Moon Bears (and some other species) are held captive in tiny cages for decades and subjected to routine, extremely painful procedures to extract bile from their gallbladders. The bile is used in traditional Asian medicines and touted for a host of ailments, including hangovers.
    As the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the animal welfare organization, Animals Asia, Jill has been especially successful in her mission to shut down bear farming in Vietnam. In partnership with the Vietnamese government, the industry has been winding down since 2017 and is now illegal. Soon, Animals Asia will break ground on a second rescue sanctuary in Vietnam and free hundreds of bears from a lifetime of unspeakable cruelty and suffering.
    This follows another rescue this summer when Animals Asia transported 101 Moon Bears 750 miles across China to a sanctuary in Chengdu. It was the largest bear rescue in history and the subject of the new short film, https://www.animalsasia.org/ (“Moon Bear Homecoming,”) narrated by American actor and activist James Cromwell.
    English-born Jill is the recipient of many prestigious international awards that recognize her service on behalf of our more-than-human animal kin. She talks about the origin of bear farming and the developments to end it, as well as her victories for cats and dogs in Asia, from her home in Hong Kong.
    Calls to Action:
    https://www.animalsasia.org/ (Become a member of Animals Asia) and make a donation to help fund a new rescue sanctuary for Moon Bears in Vietnam.
    Watch https://www.animalsasia.org/ ("Moon Bear Homecoming," )narrated by James Cromwell, and let others know about it and how they can help.
    Boycott circus and zoo "entertainment".
    https://www.crueltyfreeinternational.org/ (Buy only cruelty-free) cosmetics and other consumer products.
    Go vegan a couple of days a week, or always!
    Sentient Planet is a small, independent production created on the traditional land of the Nisqually Tribe in the Pacific Northwest, USA. Please consider supporting our work on Patreon. Thank you!
    Intro music: "The Spaces Between" by Scott Buckley.
    Interstitial music: "Blinking Star" by Stellardrone.

    • 47 min
    S2 An Icon for Our Sentient Planet with Mark Stoop

    S2 An Icon for Our Sentient Planet with Mark Stoop

    What a treat to introduce the Dutch nature photographer and our far-flung team member, Mark Stoop.
    Mark lives in Singapore, where he works as a marketing director and indulges his passion for photographing the biodiverse animals who live around him. Birds and reptiles hold a special place in Mark's heart. Indeed, it was his beautiful photo of a curious Green Crested Lizard that drew us to him. The image has been viewed more than a million times, and that personable little lizard with the big attitude has grown into the icon of our Sentient Planet podcast!
    In this lighthearted chat with Mark, you'll get a good idea of what it's like to live amongst tropical non-human animals, including monkeys, cobras and wild boar. And if you're a photography buff, you might glean something helpful from Mark's astute tips.
    Calls to Action:
    You can support Mark and other photographers from around the world on https://unsplash.com/@markstoop (Unsplash, )a platform that promotes their beautiful imagery for free.
    One of Mark's favorite animal advocacy organizations is the trailblazing https://www.janegoodall.org/ (Jane Goodall Institute).
    Intro music: "The Spaces Between" by Scott Buckley.
    Interstitial music: "Nightscape" by Stellardrone.

    • 40 min
    S2 Bonus Episode: "The Face" with Dany Celermajer

    S2 Bonus Episode: "The Face" with Dany Celermajer

    This bonus episode, exclusive to Sentient Planet listeners, accompanies our Season 2 episode, https://www.sentientplanetpodcast.com/episode/living-through-fire-with-danielle-celermajer ("Living Through Fire with Danielle Celermajer.")
    Dany reads "The Face," a short chapter from Summertime: Reflections on a Vanishing Future (Penguin Books Australia 2021). Her brave and unflinching account of animal sentience beseeches us to wake up and face up to the climate crisis and the torture and death it is already wreaking upon the Earth’s multitude of lifeforms.
    We dedicate this reading to Katy, Dany's beloved pig, who perished in the Black Summer bushfires of 2019-20.

    • 10 min
    S2 Living Through Fire with Danielle Celermajer

    S2 Living Through Fire with Danielle Celermajer

    This week's guest is the profound Australian author, https://www.sydney.edu.au/arts/about/our-people/academic-staff/danielle-celermajer.html (Professor Danielle Celermajer). Dany is a philosopher, the director of the Multispecies Justice Project at the University of Sydney, and the author of Summertime: Reflections on a Vanishing Future (Penguin Books Australia 2021).
    Dany started writing Summertime in situ during the peak of the Black Summer Climate Fires that decimated Australia in 2019-20. Through her book, she attempts to honor the voices and emotions of the wild and domestic animals who experienced the Great Fires - beings, she says, who are just as terrified and bewildered by the changes occurring on Earth as we humans.
    In our interview, Dany bravely relives what it was like to encounter the fires, which raged for months, as she unravels and beautifully articulates some of its most valuable lessons - especially the deep love many of us feel for who and what we are losing.
    She begs us to see that animals are knowing individuals. And she helps us understand that human survival hinges on choosing the more difficult of two paths - the one in which we become fully responsible to the other species who live amongst us.
    Be sure to listen to the related bonus episode. Dany reads a short chapter of Summertime exclusively for Sentient Planet listeners.
    Calls to Action:
    Follow Dany's work by signing up for the https://sei.sydney.edu.au/ (Sydney Environment Institute's monthly newsletter).
    Support these Australian organizations, which are doing critical work on animal advocacy and climate change:
    https://www.animalsaustralia.org/ (Animals Australia)
    https://www.greenpeace.org.au/ (Greenpeace Australia)
    https://www.greeninstitute.org.au/ (The Green Institute.)
    Get involved in the worldwide movement to divest from the fossil fuel industry:
    https://gofossilfree.org/ (Go Fossil Free)
    https://www.climatecouncil.org.au/what-you-need-to-know-about-fossil-fuel-divestment/ (Climate Council) (Australia)
    https://www.divestinvestaustralia.org.au/about (Australia Institute)
    http://Fossil%20Free%20Australia (Fossil Fuel Australia)
    Intro music: "The Spaces Between" by Scott Buckley.
    Interstitial music: "Twilight" by Stellardrone.

    • 55 min
    S2 Communicating Animal Sentience with Carl Safina

    S2 Communicating Animal Sentience with Carl Safina

    On the topic of non-human animal sentience, Carl Safina is one of the most experienced observers and gifted communicators in the world.
    The renowned ecologist turned bestselling author has penned 10 books about our human relationship to nature and her myriad species. For example, in https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250173348 (Becoming Wild: How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace )(Macmillion 2020), Carl offers a form of deep Earth journalism that brings readers up close to the rituals and activities of beings with whom we share the Earth but rarely personally encounter. His writing is breathtaking, instilling the kind of awe humans must rekindle if we are to halt further damage to our animal kin and the natural systems that support life on Earth.
    In this interview, Carl shares some of the remarkable encounters he’s been privileged to experience, with elephants, sperm whales, chimpanzees and owls, as well as the beloved animals that began it all for him – seabirds. He warns us of the consequences of the mistakes we’re making, teaches us about the living beauty that persists, and calls us to moral action.
    More: Carl is the first Endowed Professor for Nature and Humanity at Stony Brook University and founder of the not-for-profit https://www.safinacenter.org/ (Safina Center). He is the recipient of countless awards, including a 2021 Legacy Award from Defenders of Wildlife (USA) that recognizes his decades of advocating for the preservation of biodiversity. His writing about the living world has won a MacArthur “genius” prize, Pew, and Guggenheim Fellowships; book awards from Lannan, Orion, and the National Academies; and the John Burroughs, James Beard, and George Rabb medals.
    Intro music: "The Spaces Between" by Scott Buckley.
    Interstitial music: "Cosmic Sunrise" by Stellardrone.
    Photo: The Safina Center.

    • 56 min

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