Subhankar Banerjee, "Visualizing Global Biodiversity: Toward an Understanding of Sacred Places and Relations"
The three most consequential and existential planetary crises of our time are—climate breakdown; biological annihilation; and the rise of zootonic pandemics (we are currently in the midst of the no-end-in-sight coronavirus pandemic). All three crises are human caused and are intensifying. They are also interlinked in intricate ways. Take for example, the destruction of wildlife habitats—to enable oil, gas, coal and mineral extractions, or to support large-scale industrial agriculture—contributes significantly to the escalation of all three crises. At the same time, communities around the world have been working hard to mitigate the losses and chart more just futures for all life on Earth. With visual analysis and storytelling, this talk will be a journey through three places: tropical India; Arctic Alaska; and the U.S.-Mexico desert borderlands—to highlight the significance of the “sacred” in building community-engaged and culturally-inclusive campaigns for multi-species justice.