Alumna Marion Atieno Osieyo launches podcast to celebrate black women environmental leaders

23 May, 2023

ODID alumna Marion Atieno Osieyo has launched a new interview podcast, Black Earth, celebrating nature and black women leaders in the environmental movement.

Marion, who completed the MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy in 2014, is now Head of Inclusive Conservation at WWF.

“I created the podcast having spotted a need for informed and inspiring conversations on what it means to restore and care for our living planet”, Marion said. “Through the podcast and our social media platforms, we are generating new conversations on some of the most ground-breaking solutions from planetary health to climate psychology, Afro-Indigenous farming practices and ecological reparations."

Launched in February 2023, the Black Earth episodes have been downloaded over 6,000 times and featured on a variety of media including Spotify US and Pocketcasts 'Earth Day' Podcasts Selection.

Recent interviewees include:

  • Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah, a pioneering clean air advocate, whose nine-year-old daughter, Ella Roberta, died as a result of toxic air pollution close to her home in London
  • Jennifer Uchendu, an ecofeminist and sustainable development advocate from Lagos, Nigeria, founder of SustyVibes, a youth-led sustainability organisation, and researcher in eco-anxiety
  • Leah Penniman, a Black Kreyol farmer, mother, soil nerd, author, and food justice activist from Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, New York
  • Esther Stanford-Xosei, a leading climate reparations and law scholar working on reparations policy, research and movement-building around the world
  • Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, an award-winning wildlife vet and the founder of Conservation through Public Health in Uganda
  • Marjahn Finlayson, climate change scientist, educator, and activist
  • Ife Kilimanjaro of the The Wind and The Warrior collective, which integrates spirituality, healing and environmental activism

“Our measure of success ultimately is about our listener community and our guests, and creating spaces that inspire and empower them to renew and restore their relationship with nature’” Marion said.

You can access all the episodes at and find the podcast on all major streaming platforms.