I’m a geographer, and that means I use GIS, an organized collection of computer hardware, software, and infrastructure. Using GIS, I map fugitivity in the Great Dismal Swamp, which involves acquiring, storing, analyzing, and digitizing geographic and related data.
Some fantastic literature and theory sharpened the stakes of environmental history for me, not as a discipline, but as an enterprise encompassing various methods in understanding past and present socio-ecological transformations, worlds, and crises.
I was born in an extremely built-up urban environment, and have always been afraid of virtually all nonhuman animals. For a long time, I saw the natural world as out there, independent of my existence, and was oblivious to whatever happened to it. But this has changed.
In 1986 at the Silva Conference for the Protection of the Trees and Forests in Paris, Burkinabé president Thomas Sankara delivered a speech remarkable for its foresight into the most pressing issues for Sahelians and global citizens that remain true even today.
It was the mid-1970s, and Sidney Sinclair needed a massive loan to buy a share in his first fishing boat.