Reply To: National Parks, civilisation and globalisation

Author Replies # Posted on May 22, 2014 at 11:32

Reply Yongliang Gao’s reflection by Kristina Berglund
Gao, I agree that the discussion we had with Jane was intriguing and though-provoking. You point out one of the most, I think, interesting but also problematic questions which is unavoidable when discussing conservation of nature: why should we do it and who gets to decide what is worth conserving? It is really not a simple issue but I think it is very relevant for us in the global environmental history program since nature conservation and national parks is a global phenomena, which connects to a lot of dimensions and levels of society. One of them, as you mentioned, is politics. Nature conservation I think is inherently political. I was interesting to hear your views on the Chinese situation, where the urbanization trend and population number is remarkable. It seems to be such a striking contrast to the Swedish political system for instance, since you have limited power to elect representatives which you find more suitable and which might have more ‘green’ ideas. China is such a influential global power and it will be very interesting to follow what the coming years will bring in further initiatives and investments from the Chinese government. I think it would also be interesting to ponder about what could contribute to change the Chinese people’s attitude towards ‘nature’ to gain more interest in issues of environment and their indigenous nature.