Fred Pearce/ Chris Thomas/ Emma Townshend
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.
Science journalist & Author, The New Wild: Why Invasive Species Will Be Nature’s Salvation
Professor of Biology, University of York
Author & gardening columnist for The Independent on Sunday
Lecturer in Comparative Literature and Culture, Royal Holloway, University of London & Fellow, Forum for Philosophy
Recorded on 10 October 2017 at the LSE