My colleagues at BirdsCaribbean are very special. I just discovered that one of them, Ancilleno Davis, a PhD candidate, scientist, photographer, is blogging! So I thought I would share this short post on the diverse history of Earth Day. Yes Leno, “we are all intricately intertwined” in the Americas. And that’s the way we like it!
Thinking about what it means when someone calls a Caribbean nation a “shithole” (sorry for the profanity, but the word is presidential now).
Not long ago, I gave a series of presentations telling ornithologists and bird enthusiasts about the race, gender and nationality of the history of ornithology. One of the most profound realizations I came across was the fact that John James Audubon was born in 1785 in St. Domingue (now Haiti). His birthday (April 26th) is often part of Earth Day (April 22nd) celebrations and he is lauded as the first to illustrate and publish America’s birds.
Now, keep in mind, Haiti gained independence via a slave revolt and was declared independent in 1803. J.J. Audubon was born to a chambermaid on a plantation owned by his father Jean Audubon and he is referred to as being “majority-white” when his father moved them to France. He moved them…
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