Environmental Science Policy… from the PAST!


Monday, 2/15, 7:30pm, Elvehjem Building L160:

Iain McCalman, History Professor at the University of Sydney and Co-Director of the Sydney Environment Institute, will deliver a lecture on how a 1908 “science safari” by Theodore Roosevelt, undertaken in a spirit of exploration and conservation, ultimately accelerated the explotation of Africa’s natural ecosystems.

For CaSP members, this is an interesting case study: Roosevelt’s conflict between his love of the natural world and his belief in exporting American industrial values (and arguably, systems of white dominance) may have inadvertently produced a kind of science policy gone awry. What can we learn about modern environmental science policy and communication from this episode?