Episode 6:

Environmental Africa: Climate Change, Conservation, and Communal Cooperation

Climate change, habitat loss, and the endangerment of wildlife has brought about international interventions and conservation efforts throughout Africa. However, policies and programs are not without their problems. Throughout Africa, questions of environmental and climate justice are raised when communal lifestyles are threatened by initiatives that are not designed with a mindfulness of the needs of people throughout Africa. In this episode, we explore the human toll taken by climate change and sometimes even by efforts to protect the environment.

Guest Bios

Richard Schroeder

Richard Schroeder is a Professor of Geography in the Department of Anthropology at Brandeis University with expertise in political ecology, Africa, and conservation.

Malavika Vyawahare

Malavika Vyawahare is a staff reporter for Mongabay, a nonprofit environmental science and conservation news platform.

James Herrera

James Herrera is a researcher and program coordinator at the Duke Lemur Center SAVA Conservation program, Duke University, and based in Madagascar.v

Fulgence Thio Rosin

Fulgence Thio Rosin is a PhD student at the University of Antananarivo in Madagascar in collaboration with the University of Goettingen in Germany. He is a lecturer in animal biology and ecology at the Regional University Centre of SAVA region.

Oladosu Adenike

Oladosu Adenike is a Nigerian climate activist and eco-feminist working for equality, security, and peace across Africa, in particular the Lake Chad region.

Briana Brown

Briana Brown is an environmental science and biology teacher at Brookline High School in Brookline, MA.

Roger Grande

Roger Grande is a world history, social justice, and global leadership teacher at Brookline High School in Brookline, MA.

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Episode Acknowledgements

Thanks to Rick Schroeder, Malavika Vyawahare, James Herrera, Fulgence Thio Rosin, Oladosu Adenike, Briana brown, and Roger Grande for sharing your expertise in this episode!

Thanks to Nico Rivers for audio editing, mixing, and mastering.

Special thanks to the Boston University Africa Studies Center and the Teaching Africa Outreach Program for collaborating and providing support for this podcast.

Image Credits

Baobab Avenue” by Fox Talbot, under Creative Commons License Attribution Share Alike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0).

Photo of Richard Schroeder provided by Brandeis University website.

Photo of Malavika Vyawahare provided by LinkedIn.

Photo of James Herrera provided by ResearchGate.

Photo of Fulgence Thio Rosin provided by Twitter.

Photo of Oladosu Adenike provided by Wikipedia.

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