Plant Consciousness Commentary Accepting a Queer Nature, How queer ecology can make us better conservationists

Accepting a Queer Nature, How Queer Ecology Make Us Better Conservationists

In this essay by Susan McHarris, a Lands and Lives Intern at The Nature Conservancy, we explore the concept of queer ecology. An ecological view provides more tools to challenge the assumptions and norms about gender and sexuality in human society. She argues that queer ecology can help us appreciate the diversity and complexity of life and foster more inclusive and respectful relationships with nature and each other. 

The article starts strong, highlighting the fluidity of sex and gender in some animals, plants, and fungi, and the role of culture and history in shaping our views of nature. 

But then it takes a turn that I think we could have done without. Let me know what you think!

Topics Covered about queer ecology

  • What exactly is queer ecology
  • How the queer lens in nature helps us better understand humans
  • The fluid nature of sex and gender in other beings

My Commentary on Queer Nature:

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View the paper here

McHarris, Susan. August 15, 2023. “Accepting a Queer Nature” The Nature Conservancy. Accessed 24 November 2023.

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