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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