Connecting Conservation promotes interdisciplinary dialogue on approaches to troubleshooting or solving socio-environmental issues by making conservation science accessible and enabling underrepresented or marginalized voices in conservation to voice their opinions and solutions.
Our aim is to engage a diverse audience and community to discuss and learn about topics related to sustainability, biological preservation, and cultural conservation to promote interdisciplinary dialogue, thereby dissolving barriers between the social and ‘hard’ sciences. Our mission and approach is founded on four core values:
We recognize that conservation is both biological and cultural. It is an interdisciplinary science, and it is why we aim to provide content that offers viewpoints from different disciplines (ecology, anthropology, resource management, geography, political science). In consequence, we aspire to encourage a dialogue between academic and non-academic disciplines to generate new solutions for socio-environmental issues. It is our hope that this will allow for more partnerships between multiple realms of academic inquiry, in hopes of breaking down arbitrary, and now out-of-date ‘knowledge silos’.
We believe that biological and cultural conservation is a concern for everyone. We also believe that everyone should be able to understand conservation knowledge. Therefore, conservation scientists and conservation practitioners like us should make their work more accessible. This accessibility nature of out content does not conflict with our goal to offer a critical examination of conservation practices, as we want to empower the public with knowledge to debate conservation practices.
Finally, we are convinced that like many human endeavours, conservation can be thought of as a combination of dominant and overlooked narratives. Therefore, we believe it is our platform’s purpose to enable, whenever possible, marginalized or under-represented voices to express themselves.
We also want to include and bolster voices and perspectives of folks within and outside the academic realm whose work and opinions do not always receive enough exposure, such as undergraduate and graduate students, local community members and engaged publics.