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Good Natured

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.

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Marine conservation with Angelique Songco

Sofia and Julia talk to Filipina marine conservationist and diver, Angelique Songco! They end season 1 by discussing the evolution of Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, the importance of working with different stakeholders to achieve conservation success. And the awe that being in the ocean can bring.Full transcript available here: https://conservationoptimism.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Good-Natured_Episode-11_Angelique-Songco.pdf

33mins

24 Nov 2020

Rank #1

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Activism and Ecopoetry with Homero Aridjis

On this episode, Sofia and Julia talk to Mexican ecopoet, activist, and ex-diplomat, Homero Aridjis! They discuss the symbolism of nature, the importance of working with artists, and how a bright butterfly from Homero's childhood inspired him to act for nature. Full transcript available here: https://conservationoptimism.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Good-Natured_Episode-10_Homero-Aridjis_Transcript.pdf.

29mins

3 Nov 2020

Rank #2

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Rescuing rare plants with Carlos Magdalena

On this episode, Sofia and Julia talk to horticulturist Carlos Magdalena, also known as the Plant Messiah. We talk about the importance of plants in our day to day life, ways to make people care about them more and his conservation work at Kew Gardens.

31mins

24 Sep 2020

Rank #3

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Crowdsourcing conservation with Meredith Palmer

On this episode, Sofia and Julia talk to ecologist Meredith Palmer about the power of citizen science, the importance of inclusivity and some of the surprising discoveries her research has uncovered in the Serengeti.

24mins

7 Sep 2020

Rank #4

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Combatting loneliness with Jessie Panazzolo

Combatting loneliness with Jessie Panazzolo On this episode, Sofia and Julia talk to Jessie Panazzolo the founder of Lonely Conservationists, an online platform which supports conservationists. We discuss the importance to save those who are saving the world, the feeling of impostor syndrome and the liberation that comes with being able to share stories of difficulty and failure.

29mins

26 Aug 2020

Rank #5

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Theatre & Conservation with Tom Bailey

This week Sofia and Julia talk to British theatre maker and director Tom Bailey about the ways he integrates conservation topics in his pieces, the inspiration behind his work and the importance of creativity to reach different audiences.

33mins

27 Jul 2020

Rank #6

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Sparking change with Purnima Devi Barman

This week Sofia and Julia talk to Indian conservationist Purnima Devi Barman about her fight to protect the greater adjutant stork, the importance of involving women in conservation and the power of creating new traditions.

26mins

14 Jul 2020

Rank #7

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Saving species with Carl Jones

On this episode, Sofia and Julia talk with Carl Jones, a Welsh biologist renowned for saving multiple bird species in Mauritius. We discover that saving a species is not that straightforward as Carl discusses the challenges he faced along the way and we get a glimpse of his vision for the future of nature.

33mins

30 Jun 2020

Rank #8

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Empowering conservation with Megan Cromp

In this episode, Sofia and Julia talk with the founder and CEO of Key Conservation, Megan Cromp. Key is a transformational new app that aims to help empower conservationists around the world.

24mins

16 Jun 2020

Rank #9

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Eco-anxiety with Caroline Hickman

This week Sofia and Julia talk to climate psychologist Caroline Hickman about eco-anxiety, climate grief and the power of young climate activists.

32mins

2 Jun 2020

Rank #10