This event is co-presented with Verso Books.
The March Green Series considers the following provocation: Conservation needs a revolution. This is the only way it can contribute to the drastic transformations needed to come to a truly sustainable model of development. The good news is that conservation is ready for revolution. Heated debates about the rise of the Anthropocene and the current ‘sixth extinction’ crisis demonstrate an urgent need and desire to move beyond mainstream approaches. Yet the conservation community is deeply divided over where to go from here. Some want to place ‘half earth’ into protected areas. Others want to move away from parks to focus on unexpected and ‘new’ natures. Many believe conservation requires full integration into capitalist production processes. On the occasion of his new book, The Conservation Revolution: Radical Ideas for Saving Nature Beyond the Anthropocene, with co-author Robert Fletcher, Bram Büscher joins Ashley Dawson and Jennifer Telesca to hash out these and other thorny green questions.
Bram Büscher is Professor and Chair of the Sociology of Development and Change group at Wageningen University and holds visiting positions at the University of Johannesburg and Stellenbosch University. He is the author of Transforming the Frontier: Peace Parks and the Politics of Neoliberal Conservation in Southern Africa. He is one of the senior editors of the open-access journal Conservation & Society.
Ashley Dawson, a Professor of English at the Graduate Center/CUNY and the College of Staten Island, is the founder of the Climate Action Lab. He is the author of two recent books on topics relating to the environmental issues, Extreme Cities: The Peril and Promise of Urban Life in the Age of Climate Change (Verso, 2017), and Extinction: A Radical History (OR, 2016), as well as many other books on topics relating to migration, global justice, and cultural struggles.
Jennifer E. Telesca is assistant professor of environmental justice in the Department of Social Science and Cultural Studies at the Pratt Institute. Her book, Red Gold: The Managed Extinction of the Giant Bluefin Tuna will be released by the University of Minnesota Press in April 2020.
The BPL Green Series is made possible with generous support from Whole Foods Market.