Sacred Groves: India’s Pockets of Culture and Conservation
Respect for nature is deeply seated in the religion and culture of India. Across the country, local people have isolated small patches of forest, defining them as sacred and protecting them from development. Not only are these trees valued for their traditional ancestry, but their genetic ancestry as well. Many species of wildlife have integrated into this old growth habitat and also merit conservation. Dave Grace will discuss the link between culture and conservation among the diverse network of urban sacred groves.
About the Speaker
Dave Grace is a masters’ candidate at the Nicholas School of Environment as well as the Duke Divinity School, both at Duke University. Currently he is serving as ministry intern at Western Boulevard Presbyterian Church and an inquirer with the Presbyterian Church, PC (USA). Dave utilizes his dual knowledge of conservation and theology to coordinate the Youth Faith Conservation Network as well as host a blog through the Nicholas School called Faith and Ecology.
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