The interest in and recognition of the value of relational work when it comes to science and conservation, and really across all sectors, seems to be reaching a critical point. Just this week, several pieces on everything from farming to water scarcity to forest management directly addressed the generative power of relationships between people in environmental work. I am thrilled, to say the least.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Friday, October 17, 2014
Over the past couple years, there has been a much deeper awareness and, fortunately, calling out of the lack of diversity and inclusivity on expert panels -- whether they be at conferences, special events, workshops, etc. -- in the science world and beyond. For me, this challenge very much extends into how I see the issue of expertise (which is problematic to begin with) play out in, for example, who is contacted by journalists as well. I would say it's an almost daily occurrence for my blood pressure to spike when I look at an event (or article) that might seem interesting, only to see that, if we're lucky, there is a lone/token female voice on a panel of six or eight or 30. One of the biggest problems with all of it, simply from an intellectual perspective, is that the lack of diversity leads to narrow and less relevant discussions, which at their worst can be downright harmful and at their best are just boring.
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Flying over an almost bare Mt. Shasta, with several
wildfires burning up and down the western coast, in August.
Photo by me.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
In a beautiful blog post, Megan Adams gives a personal and honest account of both the benefits and challenges of community-engaged ecological research. In "Doing Science that Matters: Engaging with Communities in Collaborative Scientific Research," she describes working in coastal British Columbia and collaborating with groups of indigenous and non-indigenous people with "long-standing, adaptive, and evolving knowledge of natural systems" on a variety of projects.