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June 9th, 2020

From the vaults: Invasive Species

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Estimated reading time: 10 minutes

Forum for Philosophy

June 9th, 2020

From the vaults: Invasive Species

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Estimated reading time: 10 minutes

Fred Pearce/ Chris Thomas/ Emma Townshend

 


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From parakeets to grey squirrels, signal crayfish to Japanese knotweed, with the help of human beings, non-native species have adeptly squawked, crawled, and rooted themselves in unfamiliar ecosystems. Should we welcome these invaders as a sign of cross-species cosmopolitanism or attempt to remove them? Are some non-native species friends and others foes? When does conservation become ‘green xenophobia’ (Fred Pearce)? We discuss theoretical and practical responses to non-native species.

 

Speakers
Fred Pearce
Science journalist & Author, The New Wild: Why Invasive Species Will Be Nature’s Salvation
Chris Thomas
Professor of Biology, University of York
Emma Townshend

Author & gardening columnist for The Independent on Sunday

Chair
Danielle Sands
Lecturer in Comparative Literature and Culture, Royal Holloway, University of London & Fellow, Forum for Philosophy

 

Recorded on 10 October 2017 at the LSE

 

 

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