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‘Queer Ecologies Panel’ Warns That Parks Can Promote Heterosexual, Capitalist Norms

‘Queer Ecologies Panel’ Warns That Parks Can Promote Heterosexual, Capitalist Norms

February 24, 2023 at 10:00am

A recent panel featured professors and a DEI officer describing how to apply an LGBTQ-centered approach to ecology to “environmental and conservation work.”

The “Queer Ecologies Panel” is one of the latest instances of woke ideology in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), a phenomenon that Campus Reform has documented in physicsmathstatistics, and other STEM fields.

One panelist said that urban parks, such as Central Park, can be “gendered, racialized, and organized [by] heterosexual, capitalist norms,” according to a recording of the event released by the Forest Stewards Guild on Feb. 2.

The Forest Stewards Guild’s website describes the organization as one that “engages in education, training, policy analysis, research, and advocacy” for “forest conservation and management.”

Panelists included professors Catriona Sandilands of York University and Giovanna Di Chiro of Swarthmore College. The panel also featured a diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI), and justice officer from American Rivers, which addresses “climate change, unnecessary dams, pollution, floods, and outdated policies.”

Sandilands defined queer ecology, saying that it “disrupt[s] heterosexist and cisnormative understandings of sex and nature” and considers “environmental practices and politics from the perspective of LGBTQ2SLQIA individuals.”

Di Chiro added that queer ecology “is about having access to a powerful, critical lens, or a mind-opening framework through which we can better understand our relationships to one another.”

Originally posted on Legal Insurrection