The SAGE Handbook of Geographical Knowledge is a critical inquiry into how Geography as a field of knowledge has been produced, re-produced, and re-imagined. It comprises three sections on Geographical Orientations, Geography’s Venues, and Critical Geographical Concepts and Controversies. The first provides an overview of the genealogy of ‘geography.' The second highlights the types of spatial settings and locations in which geographical knowledge has been produced. The third focuses on venues of primary importance in the historical geography of geographical thought.
Chapter 44: Conservation and Environmental Concern
Conservation and Environmental Concern
Conservation and environmental concern about the human changes to the nature of the earth are high on the geographers’ agenda as many would say that geography, at heart, is a study of human–environmental relationships. However, it is not the sole discipline to contribute to the debate, and from time to time, ecologists, biologists, historians, sociologists, to mention only a few, have contributed much to the meaning and substance of human change.
Contrary to popular belief, the alteration, manipulation and change of the earth and its biological, climatological and oceanic mantle, are not contemporary events only, but of great antiquity. Since the emergence of homo erectus about half a million years ago, and the subsequent ability of humans to gather ...