My Home Planet Podcast

My Home Planet Podcast

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.... Show More

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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 ac...
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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 cal...
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August 12, 2018 34 min

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 Am...
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June 4, 2018 36 min

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. ...
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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, tell...
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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. ...
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While growing up at the foothills of the Himalayas, Tshering Lama O’Gorman couldn’t imagine that she’d find herself years later living in the biggest city in Australia.

As the program director for the Australian Himalayan Foundation though, she returns to Nepal frequently and sees the changes -both good and bad, to her homeland- first hand.

In this episode of MHP, Tshering discusses her career for for NGO’s ar...
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She may have grown up in an idyllic part of the world, but for Harriet Spark, her teenage years were difficult and unfulfilling.

In this episode of MHP, this graphic designer and environmental warrior explains a how taking a dive into the unknown changed her life and made her appreciate what she does and doesn’t need to be happy.

She talks about crazy crown of thorns, living on an uninhabited island, her passi...
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Dermot O’Gorman grew up with nature right outside his front door. So, little wonder then, that his first job was with National Parks in Australia. An epiphany though and a deep desire to solve meaningful global environmental challenges led him out of the local wilderness and into an impressive career with the WWF.

In this episode of my home planet, this patient (especially with interview technical difficulties) and thou...
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November 28, 2017 44 min

Ethical fashion wasn’t something Edwina Walsh (or most children) have on their minds growing up. And while always interested in clothes she didn’t really consider a career in fashion either as a young girl in Melbourne.

Yet a successful fashion career she made, one which led her to work with global brands, study in New York and ultimately start her own ethical fashion label called Bamboo Monkey.

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LoraKim was dreaming of birds from a young age, which might explain her chosen first career as a veterinarian specialising in avian medicine, a career which has taken her on a journey of love, loss and re-connection across the Americas.

In this episode of MHP LoraKim chats about her new book Conservation in Time of War: A transformational journey through beauty and tragedy. The book is a heartfelt memoir filled with joy,...
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While looking forward to doing field work with dingoes in Australia, the evolutionary and environmental biologist Dr. Arian Wallach wasn’t quite prepared for the darker side of conservation.
In this episode of MHP Arian discusses everything from the bittersweet findings of her PhD research, to the benefits of introduced species (just don’t call them invasive), the cultural importance of apex predators and the concept of envi...
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Imogen Taylor is on a mission, one which has taken her on a journey from a successful career in law to now writing and illustrating meaningful books for children, and in this episode of MHP she explains why she wants to save endangered wildlife, with a little help from her readers.

Imogen discusses her latest book, the first in a series that features a delightful group of young wildlife warriors called The POWeS, she sh...
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October 2, 2017 50 min

Even with a childhood spent in the heart of New York City, Nina Simons knew from an early age that nature was her spiritual path.

In this episode of MHP, this generous visionary thinker and leadership expert tells how and why she liberated her stuffed animals, followed the sage advice of her parents and has been transformed by theatre, nature and humanity.

Nina shares her journey as co-founder of the first-of-...
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September 18, 2017 46 min

You’d be hard pressed to find a greater friend to our oceans and all who inhabit them than Shawn Heinrichs.

In this episode of MHP, this brilliant award-winning cinematographer and conflict zone journalist shares his insights from the front line of planet survival- from his mixed emotions scuba diving for the first time, to the moment when he went from being an arm chair activist to ocean warrior. Shawn talks about the...
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By his own admission, Sean Willmore was living a pretty good life as an Australia bush ranger.

So what caused this contented man to sell his car, re-mortgage his house and take off around the world?

Always on the go, in this episode of MHP, Sean chats about this monumental decision and why he’s dedicating his life to helping protect the protectors of wildlife who are standing on the thin green line.
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As a child Suzanne Rogers was fascinated by the interactions between humans and non-human animals. With a career in animal welfare, she’s had plenty of time to observe not just animal behaviour but human behaviour as well. So with a deep desire to understand human behaviour towards animals, Suzanne founded the Human Behaviour Change for Animals Initiative.

In this episode of MHP, Suzanne discusses the Initiative and shar...
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While she may have pursued a degree in Religious studies, Carolyn Mullin’s primary devotion is to animals. As the founder of the United States first Animal Museum, Carolyn works to educate the public with a living history of the animal protection movement, animal studies and humane education as a way of enriching the lives of both human and non-human animals.

In this episode of MHP this remarkable woman chats about her a...
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From surviving a fall into an ice crevice in the South Pole to being the first amateur cyclist to complete the three Grand Tours in a single season, it’s no wonder that Keith’s last name starts with Tuff.

In his day job, Keith heads up The B Team, a not-for-profit initiative created by a broad group of global business leaders, in order to catalyse a better way of doing business, for the wellbeing of humans and the planet...
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Even though Thandi Mweetwa grew up in one of the most wildlife rich countries on the planet, her first memory of that wildlife was from watching TV and hearing the stories of her mother’s childhood. Those stories had such a profound impact that Thandi worked hard to create her dream job and became an integral part of the Zambian Carnivore Program.

In this episode of MHP Thandi (along with a very loud cricket), chats abou...
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