Dr James Borrell (@James_Borrell) is a conservationist, explorer, scientist and communicator.
He describes himself as a conservation biologist who has been involved in expeditions and fieldwork around the world. His main interests are the impacts of habitat fragmentation and of climate change on species.
He’s known for his uncompromising and challenging attitude towards conservation orthodoxies and practices. You can read many of his opinions on conservation on the blog on his website (http://www.jamesborrell.com/). And you can watch his brilliant TEDx talk on optimism in conservation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lJg4GEjj6M.
During this episode we cover why optimism plays such an important role in his conservation outlook, why James thinks we shouldn’t be spending our money and time trying to protect wildlife in the UK. He reminisces about his early expeditions to Madagascar and talks about the important role expeditions and exploring can play in forming new conservationists and he explains why he thinks more healthy disagreement is what’s needed to help secure environmental progress. James is one of the most well-rounded guests I’ve had the pleasure to interview and this is a really good conversation.
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