Anne Henshaw is a Program Officer with the Environment Programme at Oak Foundation, a global philanthropic organization based in Geneva, Switzerland, and serves on the Board for the Climate Justice Resilience Fund that supports community-driven solutions to build resilience to climate change in the Arctic among other regions. Before joining Oak, Anne was a Visiting Professor in the Anthropology Department at Bowdoin College and director of Bowdoin’s Coastal Studies Center from 1996-2007. She has served on several boards and advisory committee including the Office of Polar Programs at NSF, the International Funders for Indigenous Peoples and the Arctic Funders Collaborative.
What drew you to/inspires you about the Caleb Scholars program?
The students who honor Caleb’s legacy through their commitment to their home communities and the Indigenous values that give their lives meaning and purpose.
What does conservation mean to you?
To me conservation means taking a holistic view of the ecosystem, inclusive of people who are integral to sustaining healthy ecosystems for future generations. It recognizes the unique knowledge and experience that Indigenous Peoples have in relation to the environment, and governance practices and stewardship values they bring to managing resources sustainable. It also recognizes they power both Indigenous Knowledge and science together can play for informing policy and decision-making at multiple levels of governance from the local to the global.
Taikuu for your commitment to the Caleb Scholars Program!