New paper examining ongoing legacies of racism and colonialism in conservation

New paper calling for transformative change in conservation

Prakash Kashwan, Rosaleen Duffy, Esther Marijnen, Adeniyi Asiyanbi and Francis Massé  have written a new paper in Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development, which examines the ongoing legacies of the racist and colonial histories of conservation, and argues for genuine transformative change.





The paper concludes: ‘Transformative changes in our political and economic systems will be central to regenerative environmentalism. We must also dislodge the moral and philosophical foundations of neoliberal modernity that sustains global expansion of industrial agriculture and valorizes consumerism as a sign of happiness and well­being. However, neocolonial global conservation is not merely a cultural artifact that can be defeated by articulating a newer set of ideas and arguments. Instead, neocolonial conservation is a political and economic project that needs to be reined in and countered through concrete changes in political and economic systems. Many conservation scientists and powerful international and national agencies continue to support and reinforce exclusionary conservation programs. They must do more to address systemic inequalities and the ongoing legacies of colonialism. The contest between the culture of capitalist production and conspicuous consumption, on the one hand, and a counterculture of human sustenance that draws on the fundamental links between humanity and nature, on the other, will help shape the intertwined fates of humanity and planet Earth.’

The full details of the paper are

Prakash Kashwan, Rosaleen V. Duffy, Francis Massé, Adeniyi P. Asiyanbi,
& Esther Marijnen (2021) From Racialized Neocolonial Global Conservation to an Inclusive and Regenerative Conservation, Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development, 63:4, 4-19, DOI: 10.1080/00139157.2021.1924574

Please email Rosaleen or any of the other authors for a copy;  a pre publication open access version will shortly be available on the White Rose Repository