News from the Natural World: Why I’m No Longer Talking to White Humans About Conservation.
Racism has too heavily influenced the global conservation movement. One survey conducted showed that across environmental NGOs 88% of staff and 95% of boards were white humans. In addition, the conservation movement has espoused the ‘white saviour’ complex. This tactic involves putting an attractive white human in front of an animal and filming it. Careful attention is paid to ensure that no one other than white humans makes it onto the camera. Furthermore, history has been completely rewritten. Western conservation tells the story of how the last remaining areas of wilderness and high biodiversity are under threat. That so many animals are on the brink and the evil non-white countries are to blame. Indonesia, Brazil, India, Tanzania, China… all of these countries and more are not doing enough to protect the natural world. However, the true picture tells a different story.
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White Humans About Conservation
In reality, the white human world destroyed all of its biodiversity in their own countries first. European countries have chopped down on average 60% of their trees, exterminated most of their large megafauna and harvested the remaining land for agriculture.
Not content to stop at destroying their own natural world they then invaded others. The western human world was built on the back of natural resources stolen and blundered from non-white countries. As if that wasn’t enough they then started demanding endless products and materials from these countries. Not only that but they wanted them cheaper and in greater quantities. Oh, and also they wanted to fly back to these countries in their millions and create huge carbon footprints. They’d do this to take photos of the animals and say they’d ticked them off their ‘list’. Then the final step was to pretend that none of this happened and that the only people who could save the natural world were white humans.
Western Conservation Strategy – how to be a DICK
- Destroy – all biodiversity and nature in your own country
- Invade – other countries and destroy their biodiversity and nature for profit
- Consume – through rampant consumerism demand endlessly cheap products and materials from these countries and further destroy their biodiversity through tourism
- Kill – whitewash the conservation movement and exclude non-white humans
Animals fed up with white human conservation
In the rare event that genuine conservation atrocities make the white human news, armchair environmentalists rapidly declare how we should sacrifice non-white human lives to save an animal they have only seen in a zoo or on TV. Conservation suffers greatly from the racist delusion that humans in the developing world can’t look after their own land and animals.
“The message is that African wildlife is in danger, and the source of the danger is black people and that people from the US have to come and save wildlife from these black people.”
Dr Mordecai Ogada, human author of The Big Conservation Lie
This idea infests western conservation philosophy. The tale says that non-white humans don’t understand how to care for the natural world. This is nothing but old-fashioned racism. Statistics show that when indigenous humans secure land rights there are vastly superior conservation outcomes at a reduced cost. Any human or animal who really cares about the natural world must stop talking to white humans about conservation. White humans have already failed, they have already ransacked their own countries and are attempting to steal the saviour narrative.
It is clear that all humans need to shout out in solidarity with people of colour to amplify their voices and change the world in their favour. This is the only true hope for the animal kingdom.
*Note from the Platypus – sorry I forgot to include much satire in this article, just one of those mornings. Kevin the Koala kept me up all night and I was out of coffee.
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