Diverse Perspectives in STEM

WCS has committed to supporting Indigenous and traditional communities in their efforts to secure and exercise their land rights. Already, more than 30% of the world’s land is conserved thanks to traditional knowledge and management practices. Only by building long term relationships, learning from, and supporting their efforts can we protect natural areas, reduce industrial pressures, and right centuries of injustice. Partnerships between conservation organizations and traditional communities is evidence of the importance of diverse perspectives in STEM.

Connecting Conservation to the Classroom

Hear from a WCS educator about the importance of diverse perspectives in STEM and how different ways of knowing can provide a more holistic understanding of the natural world.

Standards and Glossary • English | Español

Who Tells the Story? The Iinii Initiative

Learn how conservation stories change over time and how new perspectives can help us reckon with the past. Consider this story through the lens of the Blackfeet Nation.

Lesson Plan • English | Español

Who “Owns” the Forest? Tambu Forests in Papua New Guinea

Learn about how the tribes of Papua New Guinea protect their traditional land and practices against industrialization.

Lesson Plan • English | Español

Who Advocates for Conservation? Garifuna Fisherwomen in Belize

Fisherwomen are advocating for themselves in their community with the help of WCS. The Belizean Fisherwoman of the Year describes her experience and her growth.

Lesson Plan • English | Español

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