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Nature Solutionaries is a podcast about conservationists who do amazing things for nature and bring inspiration into our lives.

I’m Veronika Perková. I’ve always loved nature and admired people who protected it. I studied Environmental Studies, volunteered for different organizations and wrote extensively about conservation, sustainability and circular economics. I created this podcast to support inspirational conservationists and encourage listeners to do something good for nature. Click Play to learn more about this podcast.

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Meet the Nigerian Teacher Who Advocates for Smaller Families

To have a large family, and at least one son, are such strong cultural and religious norms in Nigeria that when women don’t meet them they’re often considered failures. Not only is this unfair to women, it’s also becoming nearly impossible to provide for a big family in Nigeria, where poverty is rampant and the …

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The Catalyst for Change in Pakistan: Women’s Empowerment

Imagine that you were a 14-year old girl, and instead of chatting with friends or monitoring Instagram, you’d be married off to an elderly man and expected to run a household. Imagine that you gave birth to your first child, a cute baby girl, and instead of receiving cheerful reactions, people would start crying and …

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800,000 Seeds of Hope Planted in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest

800,000 native trees. This is how many seeds of hope conservationists from Brazilian nonprofit REGUA have planted on degraded lands in the Atlantic Forest over the last two decades  – one of the biologically richest forests in the world. And that’s not all! The dedicated team managed to buy land that once used to be a …

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Should a Vocal Minority Dictate Women’s Futures?

Being able to make decisions about when or whether to have children is among the most fundamental human rights. Yet when it comes to women and their bodies, suddenly so many people – complete strangers – feel they have the right to tell women what to do, like, “Contraceptive use is against our religion! “Abortion is …

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Madagascar: Conservation Works Best Alongside Reproductive Advocacy

If you want to be successful in any field, it’s a good idea to use every opportunity to meet people, learn from each other and cooperate. This doesn’t apply just to business but also conservation. Because as we all know, reinventing the wheel when you don’t have to is so ineffective!  On the other hand, …

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4 Steps to Empowering Women Everywhere: A Lesson From Venezuela

Getting access to birth control — or any reproductive healthcare in a country in shambles — is harder than you can imagine. And that is especially true for families that live hand to mouth. But nothing is impossible, especially when there’s good will and a great team. Turimiquire Foundation has been able to help low-income …

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The Fight for Girls’ Education and Family Planning in Niger

It’s not easy being a woman in Niger. The odds are especially high for women to drop out of high school, get married young (17 is the average age), or be displaced due to climate change, insecurity or humanitarian crisis! What happens to women in Niger, though, doesn’t stay in Niger alone. It impacts the …

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Here’s Why Mountain Gorillas in Uganda Are Thriving!

Uganda’s first wildlife vet and award-winning conservationist, Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, shares her personal story about how her organization “Conservation Through Public Health“ has contributed to a steady growth of mountain gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda. That’s in addition to a major improvement in community health, a threefold increase in family planning use, …

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How Filipino NGO preserves nature and improves people’s lives

Natural conservation and making improvements in the health and livelihoods of our communities are not at odds, although sometimes it feels this way. In reality, they are inherently connected. For example, in many rural communities where access to quality health services is low and jobs are few and far between, poverty-stricken people depend on exploiting …

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How anyone can become a solutionary for systemic change

Many people feel desperate about the state of the world today. It’s no wonder because the number of negative news we hear is endless – biodiversity loss, resource depletion, increasing inequality, wars, and so on. The more informed we are, the more helpless we feel, thinking, “How can I make a difference?” It turns out …

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