M. Sanjayan

President, Conservation International

We Need a New Deal for Nature

We need a New Deal with Nature. We’ve already noted the unconscionable loss of species abundance @ 60% among animals in the last 40-50 years (WWF Living Index, 2019). Nearly 20% of our tropical forest ecosystems have also been degraded or destroyed in a similar time frame. Why do we need a New Deal with Nature? Nature is the Real Deal. For one, forest ecosystems alone can drawdown 10 gigatons of CO2/ year– nearly 25% of the 40 gigatons of CO2/year we need to take out of the atmosphere to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. Imagine! “But sadly now, if current tropical forest emissions from deforestation were a country, it would be behind China.” M. Sanjayan So, what do we do? We conserve our healthy forests, rejuvenate degraded forests, and reforest denuded lands to recover 30% of that lost carbon.

Natural Intelligence Worldwide


Exclusive Interviews

with Global Leaders


Catherine Cunningham interviews an extraordinary collection of thought leaders in business, government, and society who inspire our collective evolution- to shape a new deal with nature, to avert a global climate crisis, to advance our UN global goals for sustainable human development, and to ensure future technology delivers the greatest good to support life on earth.


The need to awaken our natural intelligence, to re-connect with our true human nature, and to remember our rightful relationship with the natural world has never been more important than it is now.

We are global citizens. We are having a planetary affect on the living biosphere, nature’s ecosystems, and the climate of our planet, Earth. It is time for us to mature as the stewards of our Eikos (home).

There is no Planet B.

Thus, we are on a quest with these interviews to discover the most meaningful messages and the most effective cultural memes that promise to inspire humanity to evolve collectively into our best selves, so that we can positively transition to a new sustainable paradigm in our fast changing world.

Your Challenge

Read the Exponential Climate Action Roadmap summary and decide at least one lifestyle change that you will make to do your part in this coming year. 

Your Thoughts

This is the year that the international community will be framing the New Deal with Nature. What are your top 1-3 deal points we need to make with ourselves and nature in this New Deal? #NewDealforNature #mynaturalintelligence

Other Featured Podcasts

We launched Natural Intelligence Worldwide at

The Annual Meeting for the

World Economic Forum 2019

In partnership with Eurovision, Catherine Cunningham @ Natural Intelligence Media hosted exclusive interviews with world leaders in business, government, and society at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos, 2019 to amplify the voice of nature in this Forum. We have already interviewed over 50 world leaders in business, government, and society…and we will continue throughout the year to interview many profoundly thoughtful people with brilliant ideas about how to shape our future world with a seventh generation legacy mindset.

Host, Catherine Cunningham, PhD

We hope you enjoyed listening and learned something new to upgrade your life. Please feel free to share your thoughts on awakening natural intelligence in our world–an experience you’ve had, a commitment you’ve made, a lifestyle change you encourage others to adopt, or something you learned from our featured podcast.

Special Thanks to Eurovision and the World Economic Forum

Creative Collaboration is Key for our global culture to evolve. Thanks for your vision.

Catherine’s Other Podcasts on Natural Intelligence

Naturally Intelligent by Design 

Read by the author, Catherine Cunningham, PhD

A rich collection of audio stories extracted from Catherine’s book about how different animals wisely adapt to their diverse environments and climates. Homo sapiens are naturally intelligent by design. These podcasts help us remember our true nature and to live well in a rapidly changing world. (Length: 3-5 minutes)

Available in 2019

Naturally Intelligent By Design

Non-Fiction, 365 Inspirations from Animals in Nature

“Naturally Intelligent by Design” was written by ecologist, anthropologist, and creative writer, Catherine Cunningham, PhD with a forward by Joe Rohde, Creative Executive at Disney Imagineering, also a wildlife and an indigenous culture advocate. Wildlife imagery was contributed by Nature’s Reflection Photography and friends. Naturally Intelligent by Design was written as a 21st C almanac to deliver an entertaining, easy-to-read, 5-minute, cool fact-inspiration-reflection on one target animal every day of the year… year after year after year.