Earth to Humans podcast: Saving the Rainforest, One C-Section at a Time

The Earth to Humans podcast is an environmentally focussed podcast with guests whose work varies from wildlife conservation, intersectional environmentalism and climate and societal justice.

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Hi everyone! In my latest podcast episode for Earth to Humans, I speak to Alam Sehat Lestari, also known as Yayasan ASRI, who are combatting illegal logging through provision of healthcare and training in organic farming.

It’s far too rare in the world of environmentalism to see programs that seek to solve humanitarian issues, to create positive conservation outcomes. But, after seeing the implications of illegal logging on the communities and ecosystems in which they grew up, the Founders of Yayasan ASRI went about stopping it a little differently by asking ‘why?’

This approach, later dubbed ‘radical listening’ by the organization, led to a very simple answer to their question – local communities couldn’t afford healthcare that they needed for themselves and their families. Or, the chemical fertilizers they were being sold had become so expensive and unsustainable that they could no longer afford to pay for them, so could no longer grow crops to feed or support their families. In both incidences, people were turning to illegal logging to pay their bills. They weren’t logging because they wanted to, it was because they had no other choice.

By removing boundaries to affordable, high quality healthcare, providing education on organic farming techniques and offering business and grants and financial advice, this organization has changed the lives of many people throughout Indonesia by providing previously unavailable options, and has created a model that is now being used in other places around the world.

I hope you enjoy listening and if you do, please subscribe! There's 226 episodes in total in this conservation-focussed podcast, featuring every subject matter under the sun.

Here's a link to listen: https://bit.ly/ETH226

Learn more about Yayasan ASRI on the latest Earth to Humans episode, or via their website: https://www.alamsehatlestari.org/

Hannah Mulvany

Wildlife Biologist/Communications Specialist, Song & Dance Communications

I started my conservation career as a researcher/author for the Arkive online natural world encyclopedia, before managing the Wildscreen Exchange project which gives 350+ organisations across the world access to free photographs and videos for their communications. From working on this project, I developed a keen interest in conservation communications and began researching impact and technique.

I also ran the public section of the Wildscreen Festival, Witness the Wild, which is an event programme that includes a travelling bicycle-powered wildlife film cinema, the world's largest recycled and recyclable photography exhibition, and a nature-themed street art gallery. Since then, I have been running my own conservation communications business, Song and Dance Communications, but split my time 50/50 between this and field work, which mostly centres around ecosystem restoration and short-term contracts in the ecotourism industry. I also produce a seldom updated blog, which I hope to spend more time on at some point in the not-too-distant future!

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