How deeply is current animal conservation based on Western practice? What do non-Western nature conservation traditions look like? These are the questions at the heart of the first event in the Terrible Beauty discussion series.

Beginning with the symbolic power of the elephant, experts at the opening event will try to outline the role of humans in a destructive act of nature. Award-winning Kenyan conservationist Paula Kahumbu will demonstrate that current conservation practice is based on a Western model. Rather than focussing on the West’s responsibility in the destruction of nature, she will explore how other, non-Western traditions have acted up until now to protect the natural world. She will also address the question of how, using trans-disciplinary practice, global and equitable thinking can open up new perspectives.

ShaNon Bobinger

More information: Humboldt Forum

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