The "Decolonization" of Conservation is Deeper than You Think

The Wolf Conservation Center hosted Jazmin “Sunny” Murphy at 6 pm ET on June 15, 2022 for an enriching discussion about the decolonization of conservation and how to dismantle violent exclusion in U.S. conservation.

Sunny covered a wide range of conservation and Indigenous and Black history in the United States, beginning with Indigenous genocide via ecological devastation, the parallels of Eurocentric ideological perspectives toward Indigenous people and native carnivores, and culminating with ongoing efforts to exclude Black and Indigenous people from wildlife management. Sunny then led a discussion about the consequences of this exclusion and how it negatively impacts our ability to peacefully coexist with wildlife. Attendees left equipped with the necessary tools to aid in dismantling the imbalance of power in U.S. conservation.

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Jazmin "Sunny" Murphy is a science communicator and reporter, specializing in the intersection between North American canid ecology and Black & Indigenous history in the U.S. She earned a B.Sc. in Zoology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and plans to finish her M.Sc. in Environmental Policy and Management with American Public University System. Through web content writing and journalism, Sunny works to put quality information in the hands of the people, helping the public to understand the historical and scientific contexts of present-day issues.