Oppression and Conservation
Wednesday, August 19
Wednesday, August 26 (Español/Spanish)
Co-hosted by Science and Perspective and One Earth Conservation
Structures of domination are interwoven in many human organizations, including conservation and funding organizations, political and economic bodies, and communities. Past and current oppressive domination has resulted from racist and colonialist attitudes. Those attitudes, conscious and unconscious, continue to infect individuals and systems.
The earth and her beings call us to be agents of transformational change. This will require inner work as well as outer. It will require addressing the intersecting ways that the Covid-19 pandemic, species extinction, poverty, and white supremacy all connect with the ways we relate to wildlife and ecosystems.
For too long, approaches to conservation have denied and enforced oppression. We are called now to the work of dismantling structures of oppression in our conservation organizations and individual relationships. This is often painful and uncomfortable work. While we continue to learn more about how racism and colonialism intersect with conservation, many of us have begun to notice the severity and extent of the problem – yet no consensus has emerged on how to dismantle domination. Arriving at a plan will require the contribution and investment of all of us concerned with conservation. This work is of paramount importance, and none of us can do it alone.
The next webinar video conference, Stories of Oppression in Conservation, Wednesday August 19, 3 p.m. Eastern USA ( 7 p.m. UTC) is an invitation to share with one another our experiences, understandings, and ideas for where we go from here concerning the intersections of racism, colonialism, and other oppressive social arrangements such as sexism, and how they interrelate with conservation. We will facilitate the conversation by briefly introducing the topic and then we can share our stories in smaller groups using the break out room function of Zoom. We will record the sessions so that we can collect our stories, and those that give permission we can offer to public viewing on youtube. We do this so that through our stories we understand how people are impacted by these issues, and hence all grow together in our commonality so that we can change how we can do conservation, for the better.
Will you please join us?
Ancilleno O. Davis, PhD is the founder of the "Science and Perspective" brand. Born and raised in the Bahamas, Leno has studied in the Bahamas and USA and traveled to 13 different countries and territories around the world due to his conservation work. He recognizes the power in diversity and the challenges of institutional biases and racism. He aims to promote good science through diversity of thought and the reduction of those biases.
Rev. Dr. Meredith Garmon is a board member of One Earth Conservation, a former philosophy professor, and current Unitarian Universalist minister serving the Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains, NY. He is the spouse of LoraKim Joyner.
Rev. Dr. LoraKim Joyner is co-director of One Earth Conservation, a former professor in Avian Medicine, and current wildlife veterinarian, a Certified Trainer in Nonviolent Communication, a Unitarian Universalist minister, and a parrot conservationist for 33 years in the Americas.
Drs. Davis, Garmon, and Joyner
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