My first post is a peculiar one, but also one close to my heart. A fellow runner, Viraj, mentioned this talk on ‘conservation’ happening at NCBS on Friday the 13th and suggested we attended it. The idea of attending such talks always puts me off. But if the great outdoors ever stopped being so great where would people like you and me retreat to? Think about it this may become a reality sooner than you think.
So we set off to check it out. The talk was called Second Nature: The Case for Conservation after the Death of Nature and was to be conducted by Dr. Kent Redford, Director of The Wildlife Conservation Society. It was pre-dominantly about the criticism nature conservation faces, answers to this criticism & the fine balance between man and wild, between sustenance and exploitation.
Some of the common criticism directed at nature and its conservation is that nature is dead or never existed. It is just a monolith. Nature was given to all beings for their use. Land is ‘preserved’ for convenience of the privileged & has caused harm to those whose sustenance depends on the natural world.
But our current relation with the world around is one of exploitation & ignorance. A completely natural realm can’t be maintained while sustaining the world in this day and age. But a relative natural one is our best bet & will benefit all life-forms.