Not long into this course my classmates helped me realize see that our conservation perspectives are dominated by writers from the West (and global North), so now I am reading a book by an Indian author, Ramachandra Guha, on environmental history. Some notes and extracts below:
I would never have guessed that one of my childhood heroes, Davy Crockett, the American folk hero and “King of the Wild Frontier” would come up in a conservation lecture, but sure enough… In a lecture on the history of conservation, I learned of the Boone and Crockett Club, formed in 1887 by Theodore Roosevelt and named after Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett, who were considered to be ethical hunters. The organisation is a hunting organisation, but does concern itself with conservation, as have many hunters throughout history and today. You can read more about the Boone and Crockett Club’s conservation programs here.
Although I can’t relate to the desire to hunt, and I expect most of my friends and close family would feel the same, Continue reading “Davy Crockett, my childhood hero…and hunting…and conservation”