Podcast

Podcast

Nature Solutionaries is a a podcast that brings reproductive justice & conservation together.

I’m Veronika Perková. I’m a journalist investigating how women’s reproductive health and rights, the conservation of nature, and sustainable life on the planet are all interconnected.

Every month I interview people from around the world who are fighting to provide quality reproductive healthcare for women, to protect the planet’s biodiversity and to ensure the wellbeing of future generations.

Founder of Mongabay

How a Nature Lover Built a Conservation News Empire | Rhett Butler

When Rhett Butler created a website called Mongabay 25 years ago, he had no idea it would become one of the most popular webs about conservation.  But it’s no wonder it did. For years, Rhett Butler worked 100 hours per week.  He wrote thousands of articles about rainforests and published tens of thousands of photos …

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The Man Who Saved Nairobi National Park | Reinhard Nyandire

When Reinhard Nyandire was small, he lived in a mud hut and ate one meal per day. But that never stopped him from dreaming he would one day become a wildlife conservationist.  Ignoring the teasing from his friends, he went on to study Environmental Planning and became a successful conservationist.  Thanks to his social media …

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Ayesha Amin | The Pakistani Feminist Who Loves Breaking Taboos

When Ayesha Amin, a renowned Pakistani women’s rights activist, first saw a condom in a workshop, she refused to touch it. “I felt so embarrassed that I just wanted to disappear,” she says. Her shame, however, turned into curiosity and this moment helped Amin realize that talking about sex and reproduction shouldn’t be taboo. In …

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Ugandan activist Joan Kembabazi

Fighting for a world without child marriage | Joan Kembabazi

Even though child marriage might seem like a thing of the past for some of us, one in five girls globally are still married off under the age of 18. This means that for millions of these child brides, their childhood, education and future have been stolen forever. Uneducated women often end up having worse …

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Nadine Goodman interview

“We Need to Talk”, an interview with Nadine Goodman about things you won’t hear about reproductive justice anywhere else

If we truly want to liberate women, access to contraception is just the tip of the iceberg. We also need to feel comfortable talking about our bodies, our sexuality and sensuality, menstruation, post-partum depression, parental burnout and menopause. Because if we feel ashamed or embarrassed about these topics, we’re still being repressed. That’s just one …

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Chidera Benoit sustainable population

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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Micaela Locke on Nature Solutionaries

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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