01 | Context

Our Shared Home: Redefining Environmental Discourse

The language we use to describe wildlife and wild places matters. It shapes how we understand wildlife, our relationship to wildlife, and our sense of responsibility to conserve threatened places. Yet the words we most often use—“environment,” “habitat,” and even “nature”—may act as barriers to public support for conservation efforts, in part because they increase the perceived distance and difference between humans and wildlife. Changing such perceptions by replacing the above terms with the deeply relatable and human concept of “home” may be one path towards greater public support for conservation of wild places.

This yet to be published project aims to explore how images of wildlife in various settings can be used to help people think about wild places through a new lens—that of “home”—and thus increase positive engagement with issues of wildlife conservation.

This project is funded by a National Geographic Society Explorer’s Grant.

Keywords: Conservation; environmental discourse; habitat; home; National Geographic Explorer; National Geographic Society; research; wildlife

02 | Photography