Harvey Locke

Dr. Harvey Locke is a conservationist, writer, and photographer who is a recognized global leader in the field of parks, wilderness and large landscape conservation. He is co-founder of both the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative and the global Nature Needs Half Movement and serves as Chair of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas Beyond the Aichi Targets Task Force. Named one of Canada's leaders for the 21st century by Time Magazine, Harvey received the Fred M. Packard International Parks Merit Award at the IUCN World Parks Congress in Australia and has received several other awards for conservation leadership.

Listen to his interview with Nature Labs

Critical Thinking Questions

  • Is the Yellowstone to Yukon concept of large-landscape conservation working?
  • Is your answer based on your bias or the evidence?
  • Is the model one that should be scaled nationally – and globally – to protect half the world in order to halt biodiversity loss?
  • Is the idea too big, too divisive to have a real chance at working?
  • Is it too colonial, too parks-forward?
  • Does it, as has been said, separate people from nature?
  • Or is Nature Needs Half simply a response to what the science says, a big idea whose time has come?
  • Is it a cost-efficient tool to not only protect biodiversity, but also curb climate change?
  • Should there not be places where nature gets to come first, given how many places where people get to reign supreme? Or was it by separating people from nature that led to the problems we face in the first place?
  • What’s your perspective? If you don’t think this is the right solution, what is?

More on Harvey

Listen to his presentation: Conservation targets and how much of the world do we need to protect?

Read articles on Harvey: Meet Harvey Locke – Conservation Leader And Changemaker, Harvey wants half

Favourite Book: Ishmael a novel by David Quinn

Favourite Documentary: Planet Earth