July 15, 2019 | By:

Episode 27: David Johns Conservation Politics

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David Johns, Author, “Conservation Politics: The Last Anti-Colonial Battle”

About David

David Johns teaches courses at the School of Government, Portland State University on US constitutional law and politics, politics and the environment, and politics and film. He has also taught at Oregon State University and the Institute for Policy Studies. He was an International Fellow at Columbia University, served in the Carter Administration in the Office of the Secretary of Transportation, and was an advisor to Environment Canada on the Earth Charter.

Johns was a founding co-editor of New Political Science, served on the Wild Earth Board and serves on the boards of several NGOs, including the Wildlands Network and Marine Conservation Institute. David Johns has published and spoken widely on science, politics and conservation and is author of A New Conservation Politics, and his latest Conservation Politics: The Last Anti-Colonial Battle.


  • What would biodiversity focused institutions and societies look like?
  • Breaking the machine.
  • Dismantling institutions of power dedicated to chewing up the Earth for profit.
  • At what point in history did we lose control of narcissists? (Find out how sadly long ago that was.)
  • How many calories we spend to put one calorie on the table.
  • Taking the right action, on the right plans, versus hand-wringing our way to the end.
  • Taking control of the whole enchilada: custom, culture, art, entertainment. A call for a “conservation Star Wars.”

Extra Credit

Read an excerpt from David’s latest book “Conservation Politics” right here on Rewilding.org.

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