E32: Laurence Couldrick

Reviving Nature's Arteries

17th March 2024 | 64 minutes

Laurence Couldrick is the Chief Executive Officer of the Westcountry Rivers Trust an amazing organisation dedicated to the protection and restoration of rivers, streams, lakes, wetlands, and estuaries.

In this episode, Laurence delves into his remarkable journey leading to the Rivers Trust, tracing back to his innate curiosity as a child about how the environment and nature worked and his academic pursuit that led to a PhD focusing on the intricate biomechanics of bird flight. Over the past two decades, he has dedicated himself to the Rivers Trust, helping it grow and become what it is today.

Rich and Laurence, dive deep into the profound significance of our waterways, exploring the pressing realities of climate change and the evolving concept of natural capital in environmental protection. They explore the present-day obstacles in river restoration efforts and contemplate the collective efforts necessary to ensure their preservation for generations to come.

This conversation is one of hope and optimism, emphasising our inherent ability as humans to adapt. However, it underscores the critical need for not just change, but smart change, to drive effective regenerative practices forward.


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