Ecological Justice and Social Justice are Not Mutually Exclusive

by

Taylor Ford

Excuse me. What?

August 3, 2021

Never did I ever think I would see a charity organization in this category, but there’s always a first!

The WWF, or the World Wildlife Fund, is an organization dedicated to conserving land and biodiversity.

Despite what people might think, conservation isn’t just beneficial for the environment; it is critical for a variety of economic reasons as well.

There’s a massive problem with people thinking that conservation efforts are a “waste of land,” but just because there’s no human development doesn’t mean the land is completely wasted. Biodiversity is crucial for the production of food, timber, medicines, and fibers. In fact, the degradation of biodiversity has been found to exacerbate human poverty. It’s believed the benefits of conservation are 10 to 100 times the cost of maintaining them!

Of course, the WWF’s efforts to help the environment are admirable, but as Megan rightly said in her review, “Ecological justice should not come at the expense of social justice.”

Conservation efforts have a history of abusing local and indigenous communities, and the WWF is no exception. The WWF has been creating “conservation refugees” by displacing indigenous people from their land in an effort to “protect” local wildlife… yes, you read that correctly. The WWF would kick people off the land they have lived on for generations, people who have virtually no environmental impact, just so rich people can have a fun place to go camping.

It seems like the WWF is working on addressing this injustice through various campaigns, but considering how large this charity is, there is a lot of inconsistency.

It’s time for the WWF to put the treatment of indigenous populations at the top of their priority list and make a genuine effort to right their wrongs.

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