The ‘anthropocene’ has entered the general vocabulary. So has the idea of ‘the sixth great extinction’. Everything today is pointing towards a human world. And as more people take the idea of a human world for granted, the more urgent it becomes to think the implications of such a world for the future of conservation. What is there to conserve in a world made by and for people? Can the so-called anthropocene be a blessing in disguise? Might it allow us to finally build conservation policy without fences, where people as well as nature are seen as worth preserving?
I have been interested in the ways in which humans relate to nature and animals for as long as I can remember. Lately, I have started to explore the human-environment-animal nexus with an eye towards answering the above questions, through the practice of rewilding. At least on paper, many rewilding initiatives look as if they might hold valid answers, as if finally we might be able to bridge the divide between culture and nature, to the benefit of both. In practice, things are, of course, more complicated. This blog is based on my research of rewilding projects, and is aimed at exploring the contradictions, tensions, and implicit assumptions of rewilding initiatives, in order to think anew how we can build conservation policy in the human age. I am particularly interested in the politics of conservation and of rewilding, as well as in the cultural implications of what we do with and to animals, and with and to nature.
I will post stories, encounters, thoughts and ideas from my field work as well as comments on books and articles on similar topics. I will take the liberty of posting ideas as they develop, such that they may mature in encountering other voices.
Disclaimer: the ideas expressed on this blog are my own and do not reflect those of my employer or any other person or organization I might be working with.