Fortress conservation is making a come-back.
It’s a shame. Conservationists are sitting on the sidelines while the Big Game unfolds before our eyes.
Conservation has a curious and troubled relationship with history. One might think it straightforward. Conservation, after all, has conservative roots. It seeks to conserve.
It turns out we may be worrying too much about how much we consume and far too little about how to invest.
Way out on the sagebrush sea of the American West, people are embarking on a journey called community-based conservation. This is a journey communities around the world are undertaking.
Conservationists often complain about other people’s priorities. It’s a shame, for instance, that the environment basically dropped off the radar screen as a priority in this year’s U.S.
A year ago, when The Nature Conservancy was confronted with a blistering exposé in the Washington Post, it did what big companies often do. It went into damage control mode.
I was at a dinner party with a diverse group of conservation-minded folks who were in town for a meeting on conservation finance.
Conservation still has a clubby smell. Sometimes there’s a whiff of wool and leather, gunpowder and fly-fishing rods, musty old maps, and remote destinations.
Over the past two decades, efforts to heal the rift between poor people and protected areas have foundered. So what next? By Jon Christensen.