The NNH Podcast


The podcast where we get real about saving nature.

Photo by Neil Godding

Welcome to the show!

Join our hosts, Ruth Midgley and Courtney Burk, while they talk to experts from around the world on the problems facing nature and how we can solve them. From elephants in Mali to mangrove forests in the Kingdom of Tonga, the Nature Needs Half Podcast will explore biodiversity, talk about our relationship to the planet, and introduce you to the people who are fighting to save nature.

Nature Needs Half is an international movement to give nature the space it needs to thrive and benefit all life on earth. The goal is to protect 50% of the planet, on both land and at sea, to save biodiversity and earth’s life support systems. But It’s not just about protecting half. It’s about reshaping our relationship with nature, so we take care of its needs so it can keep taking care of ours.

Meet Your Hosts

Two gals exploring this big, beautiful planet and the problems facing nature. The Nature Needs Half Podcast will invite you into the global network of people working to protect the planet for the benefit of all life.

Ruth Midgley and Courtney Burk

Ruth and Courtney are the hosts and producers of the Nature Needs Half Podcast. In their real lives, they work for the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y), a large-landscape conservation organization. As nature nerds, they were inspired by the Nature Needs Half movement and wanted to combine their love of nature with their other hobby of avid podcast listening. This is their first podcasting endeavor and they would love to hear feedback from listeners.

They live in Canmore, Alberta where they enjoy rock climbing in the summer and ski touring in the winter. Courtney is an ultrarunner and Ruth likes to pretend that she runs. If they aren't outside, you can find them crafting (Ruth sewing and Courtney knitting) while plotting their next podcast episode.

Follow them on social media!

Ruth's Twitter: @ruth_midgley 

Courtney's Instagram: @shortneyxox

Episodes Catalogue

March 21

It's All About That Whale Poop

Elephants, whales, and humans, oh my! For the start of Season 1, we wanted to make a big impression so we take a look at some big creatures. We hear stories about insurgents in Mali, rescuing humpback whales, and what to do if your party yacht is about to go over Niagara Falls.

April 4

A Big Idea

We sit down with one of the co-founders of Nature Needs Half, Harvey Locke, and talk to him about how the crazy (or not so crazy?) idea for protecting half the planet came about. We also ask Harvey how protecting half the world will work and what it will mean for humans and nature.

April 18

Go With The Flows

Everything in nature is a cycle, it ebbs and flows, and it's all connected. But what exactly does that mean? This week we talk to Scott Wallace and Monika Havelka who share surprising stories about ecosystems and how we are changing them, for good and bad.