Episode 27: David Johns Conservation Politics
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.”
Read an excerpt from David’s latest book “Conservation Politics” right here on Rewilding.org.
Director of Digital Outreach (D.O.D.O.) for The Rewilding Institute
Host and Producer of the Rewilding Earth Podcast
Jack started Rewilding work as Executive Director of Sky Island Alliance in the mid-1990’s, organizing the Sky Island Wildlands Network design, ripping up illegal roads on forest service lands, installing wolf acclimatization pens on Ted Turner’s Ladder Ranch & conducting howling surveys to help make way for the final stage of the Lobo reintroduction program in the Southwest.
Through the years, Jack has worked with Dave Foreman and the Rewilding Gang to further Rewilding initiatives and education.