Jason Lambacher publishes "Extinction & Democracy" and "Exploring the Green Nobel"


IAS faculty member Jason Lambacher published "Extinction & Democracy: Wildness, Wilderness, and Global Conservation" in the Interdisciplinary Environmental Review (December 2017). The article promotes cross-cultural dialogue regarding species loss centered on the concept of wildness, as distinguished from the legal-philosophical idea of wilderness.  Responding to critiques of wilderness conservation "gone global" that point out an insufficient attention to social and political dimensions, Lambacher argues that wildness holds special potential as a hybrid concept capable of linking ecological goals with social critiques that advance conservation as a democratic project. 

Lambacher also published a curriculum activity – "Exploring the Green Nobel: Goldman Environmental Prize Exercises" – for the SERC site (Sustainability Education Resource Center, housed at Carleton College) "Exploring the Green Nobel" is a classroom environmental justice activity that involves students researching and presenting on Goldman Environmental Prize winners – grassroots activists who are recognized "for sustained and significant efforts to protect and enhance the natural environment, often at great personal risk." Lambacher developed this activity over the years and has used it in his Environmental Ethics class at UW Bothell on multiple occasions.  It was published through SERC in September 2017.  Like all activities on the SERC site, the Goldman Prize is a teaching resource freely available to all sustainability educators.

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