Sharing their wisdom here are Dr. John Fraser, President and CEO of NewKnowledge, and Dr. Rupu Gupta, a researcher at New Knowledge and thought leader on inclusivity within the environmental movement. Hear about why the dominant narrative that we’re destructive as humans actually does our work for sustainability a disservice; the importance of accepting that there are a wide variety of ways people connect with and help protect nature; how we can come together to create a larger positive impact through collective action; and more.
[2:24] What first inspired John and Rupu’s passion for nature and interest in conservation psychology.
[4:02] What conservation psychology is all about.
[4:59] Kaméa: “Why was there a need for this specific niche as a field of study?”
[7:33] What NewKnowledge does.
[8:23] Kaméa: “How has your transdisciplinary approach allowed you and your team to reach new findings or come up with more powerful solutions for sustainability?”
[11:02] John explains how humanity has a pattern of depleting our resources and how this is not a new problem.
[16:29] John discusses the personal and social wellness challenges of conservationists.
[18:51] Kaméa: “What advice can you offer for those of us who feel guilty for taking a positive approach to sustainability when there is so much pain, injustice, and serious degradation to address?”
[22:55] Rupu talks about how the dominant narratives of who cares about nature exclude the broader racial and ethnic diversity that truly exists in environmental activism.
[25:20] Kaméa: “How can we as individuals foster more inclusivity in this space and help to elevate alternative narratives about environmental activism?”
[28:17] John and Rupu discuss the importance of coming together with partnerships and groups to make a larger positive impact.
- Dr. Fraser’s video about the theology behind conservation psychology and environmental education
- Sustaining the Conservationist (Article in Ecopsychology)
- 10 Minute Walk Campaign
- The Other Kind of Climate Denialism via The New Yorker featuring Dr. John Fraser
ABOUT OUR GUESTS
Dr. John Fraser is a conservation psychologist, architect, and educator. He is also the President and CEO of NewKnowledge, President of the American Psychological Association’s Division 34, Editor of Curator: The Museum Journal, and a founding editorial board member for Museums & Social Issues.
Dr. Rupu Gupta is a researcher at NewKnowledge and a conservation psychologist specializing in inclusive practices in the environmental movement, equitable engagement with outdoor spaces, and community resilience. She was Co-Principal Investigator of the Third National Climate Assessment evaluation and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Conservation Psychology at Hunter College, CUNY.
Keep in touch:
Note to self:
Rupu: “We are all in this together.”
John: “We are really fixing things!”
Rupu: “[I am working on] very purposeful breaks during the workday, walks in the park, and photography.”
John is biking to work.
Rupu: “I use public transportation and try to reduce my meat consumption.”
John: “I look for the organizations that are doing good and how to partner with them. I am also looking at end of life medical waste.”
Element of hope:
Rupu: “It’s about communities coming together.”
John is inspired by the ability of people to mobilize resources and respond with compassion so quickly.
Rupu: “Don’t be afraid to reach out to others just because they seem different to you. There is more in common than you can imagine.”
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