Next steps in dismantling discrimination: Lessons from ecology and conservation science

Chaudhury, Aadita and Colla, Sheila. 2021. Next steps in dismantling discrimination: Lessons from ecology and conservation science. Conservation Letters, 14(2), e12774. ISSN 1755-263X [Article]

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Ecology, conservation, and other scientific disciplines have histories built on the oppression of marginalized groups of people. Modern day discrimination continues in these fields and there is renewed interest in dismantling these system of oppression. In this paper, we offer some examples of historical events which have shaped the field and argue that reckoning with colonial histories is part of the process to dismantle discrimination and achieve equity and inclusion. We
discuss ways forward including incorporating different knowledge systems and reflecting on one’s own biases and privilege. To truly achieve fields of science which are just, diverse, and equitable will be one of our greatest challenges, but one that is necessary to protect our environment, an endeavor which cannot be detangled from societal injustices.

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anti-oppression, diversity, equity, racism

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Media, Communications and Cultural Studies


18 October 2020Accepted
17 November 2020Published Online
March 2021Published

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06 Sep 2021 09:30

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06 Sep 2021 09:30

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