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.

Sani Ayouba Abdou Niger

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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Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka illustration

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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PATH Foundation Philippines

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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Bill Ryerson founder of Population Media Center

How PMC’s hot soap operas improved the lives of more than 500 million people

When soap operas are designed in a way that they not only entertain people but also educate about social issues, they can have a huge positive impact on society and the environment. This type of approach is called entertainment education and is at the core of what Population Media Center does. Through hot TV soaps …

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Illustration of women conservationists

How family planning programs help women live better lives and get involved in local protection of nature

When Colombian conservationist Sara Inés Lara started helping women from rural communities access family planning and education and become guardians of their own environment, she got a lot of pushback from local men and conservation colleagues. After all, it was a taboo to address environmental protection, women’s empowerment and population. Seventeen years later, her NGO …

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Rhino in Zambia illustration

Claire Lewis: Bye, bye, poachers! The black rhinos and elephants are back in North Luangwa

While in most places, we hear about rhinos and elephants being killed, in North Luangwa National Park in Zambia, one of the most untouched wilderness sanctuaries in Africa, the situation is quite the opposite. This little-known park is home to Zambia’s only black rhino population, which continues to show one of the highest growth rates …

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Paul R. Ehrlich: The Most Effective Conservation Strategy? Empower Women

The impact of our growing population on nature is such a sensitive topic that nobody really dares talk about it. Better sweep it under the carpet and forget about it, right? Well, not necessarily. If you think it through, the solution is really simple and beautiful: give women full rights, opportunities and access to family-planning …

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