Fred Pearce/ Chris Thomas/ Emma Townshend

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6.30 – 8pm | Tuesday 10 October 2017
Wolfson Theatre, LSE

Fred Pearce, Science journalist and author of The New Wild: Why Invasive Species Will Be Nature’s Salvation
Chris Thomas, Professor of Biology, University of York
Emma Townshend
, Author and gardening columnist for The Independent on Sunday

Danielle Sands, Fellow, The Forum; Lecturer in Comparative Literature and Culture, Royal Holloway, University of London

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)? In this event, we discuss theoretical and practical responses to non-native species.

Image credit: Eamonn Butler, ‘Palace of Culture Energetik