This week’s Featured Thinker is Dave Foreman, writer, conservationist and activist and we are excited to present Dave’s passionate writing on Wilderness and the Anthropocene as our closing feature in LEAP’s year-long meditation on Wilderness. It seems appropriate to end this phase of the project with a thinker who has been an advocate of wilderness and wildlands conservationist for more than forty years. He is currently the Executive Director and Senior Fellow of The Rewilding Institute, a conservation “think tank” advancing ideas of continental conservation.
In the Anthropocene and Ozymandias, Dave writes, Much has been made lately of the so-called Anthropocene—the idea that Homo sapiens has so taken over and modified Earth that we need a new name for our geological age instead of the outmoded Holocene. One remorseless Anthropoceniac writes, “Nature is gone… Read more….
Cleo with ice book. NeoReo 2009. Image Courtesy of Claire Coté
This week’s Featured Thinker is Basia Irland, Artist, Writer and Professor Emerita, University of New Mexico. Writer Malin Wilson, has likened Basia to the 19th-century naturalists, an irrepressible researcher who is ‘ transparently impassioned by water, watersheds, and the flora and fauna (including communities of people) that populate them’.
Basia describes her featured project Ice Receding/Books Reseeding as a means to ’emphasize the necessity of communal effort and scientific knowledge to deal with the complex issues of climate disruption and watershed restoration by releasing book-shaped, seed-laden, ephemeral ice sculptures into rivers’. Read more….
Participatory visual ethnography in Odisha. Image: Nihar Mishra
This week’s Featured Thinker, is Neera Singh, Assistant Professor of Geography within the Dept. of Geography and Planning, at the University of Toronto. Neera’s long-term engagement as an activist informs her research and pedagogical approach, raising questions around human-forest interactions and theoretical approaches to study these interactions. The featured article frames villagers’ caring work to conserve forests as “affective labour” and a work of art – transforming not only landscapes, but also people and communities. Neera’s work focuses on the much-neglected emotional and affective dimensions of people’s relationship with nature.
She has experimented with using participatory videos how people “become green” through their every day practices of taking care of their local forests. Neera’s research spotlights the potential for seeing conservation and conservation work as not only a burden but a life-affirming activity that can help us re-learn how to care for other species and other humans. Read more….
This week our featured Wilderness Thinkers is a signpost to a collaborative encouragement to Think Wilderness and consolidate action. Throughout the year, we have taken the opportunity to signpost work and people that are engaged in Thinking Wilderness. This week to coincide with the launch of a new charity we are featuring Rewilding Britain. Born out of two years consultation Rewilding Britain seeks to consolidate the ongoing work of individuals and organisations that are rewilding Britain, encourage discussion and debate and to re-position us within healthy ecosystems.Read more…
This week our featured Wilderness Thinkers are Siena Sanderson and Annette Lisa, artists and art educators who passionately advocate for art and its potential to inspire hope through their work with the Neighbourhood Arts Project, Taos, New Mexico.
Where do you go to connect with nature and the outdoors, where is your wilderness?
Siena and Annette present a wilderness ‘getaway’ and invite you to do the same, sharing your personal wilderness ‘getaways’; where’ and ‘why ‘ , here in the comments section and on the Thinking Wilderness Facebook page.
Gently guided by R.W. Service’s poem, The Call of the Wild a route-map is offered, provoking us to step away from our busy 21st Century lives for a moment and think wilderness. We hope you join them in building a digital wilderness tour. Read More…
This week’s Wilderness Thinker in Residence, Teri Shore, a Sierra Club backpack leader, writer and journalist living in Sonoma, California, shares reflections and inspiration from what she calls “The Wilderness ‘Woodstock’” – the Wilderness 50 National Conference convened in October, 2014 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She feels it “was as pivotal a gathering to the wilderness movement as the rock concert was to the sixties.” For all of us who couldn’t make it, we’re happy to share in Teri’s insightful overview .
First published in the Green Fire Times in late 2014, we hope you’ll enjoy Teri’s article, updated for the Thinking Wilderness project, with links to featured speakers and audio from the conference, her beautiful photographs taken during the Sandia Wilderness Hike as well as a description of Teri’s own personal Wilderness 50 challenge: a solo through-hike of the 211-mile The John Muir Trail. Read more…