Conserving culture through biodiversity

Conservation biologist Luis Zambrano discusses his work in wetland and ecosystem restoration in Mexico City and a rare salamander threatened by development (the Axolotl).  Seriously, if you like looking at cute things, google the Axolotl.  In fact, this rare salamander embodies a particularly powerful cultural symbol, leading to an interesting discussion of the Anthropocene as a cultural boundary.

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Conservation in the Anthropocene

History is accelerating.  As we move farther into the Anthropocene, we must ask ourselves what we want for the planet today and what will we preserve for the next generation.  But how do we know where to place our conservation efforts in this new geologic age?

About two months ago, the Generation Anthropocene team was invited to Santa Cruz, CA for a reunion for the Leopold Leadership Program.  It’s a program that helps environmental researchers prepare to translate “knowledge to action” to lead change on the world’s most pressing sustainability challenges, and it’s full of really smart people.  In this episode, we revisit the history of conservationism and bring you excerpts from our interviews with a half dozen experts, covering everything from frogs to invasive species to shades of green to a funny-looking Mexican salamander (that apparently doesn’t taste half bad).

The debate over why to save nature goes back over a hundred years, but it has never been more relevant than it is now in the Anthropocene – where we’re calling the shots.

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Revisit a classic: Save the whales 2.0

Conservation biologist Leah Gerber discusses her work with marine ecosystem conservation, the remarkable backlash to a proposal she and her colleagues made, and the difficulties working between two entrenched ideologies.

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A view from the treetops

“Canopy” Meg Lowman talks about her trail-blazing journeys with a homemade harness into the treetops, the strange and unknown world of the rainforest canopy, and some of her recent work restoring forests in Ethiopia.

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