‘Women & Community-Based Conservation’ in Live Better Magazine

‘Women & Community-Based Conservation’ in Live Better Magazine

The New Course team recently published an article in Live Better Magazine on the need to better integrate communities and, especially, women into conservation programs.  Check out the excerpt below and click the Live Better link to read the whole article. Although the US environmental movement began in the late 1800s, it was fractured from the very beginning. Preservationists like John Muir, wilderness author and Sierra Club founder, were focused on protection of nature through parks and other legal mechanisms that allowed limited human use.  Think Yellowstone.  This philosophy was opposed by Gifford Pinchot, who sought to manage resources for more practical purposes, including, importantly, generating income.  Think US Forest Service.  By comparison, the international environmental movement began more recently, about 40 years ago, and initially faced the same dichotomy.  Today we know there is little room for debate.  When roughly 1.2 billion people rely on natural resources for survival, it is impossible to consider an environmental movement solely focused on establishing protected areas and excluding people… Read the whole article at Live Better Magazine.