We Must Save the Living Environment
Sunday, August 23 2009 @ 12:45 AM EDT
Contributed by: terrytvgal
E. O. Wilson: We must save the living environment
Saving Earth's biodiversity will take nothing less than an IPCC for species, says the world's leading biologist and ant guru.
What's this idea all about?
It sounds immodest but I call it Wilson's law. It says that if you save the living environment, you will automatically save the physical environment. But if you only try to save the physical environment, you will lose them both. That is a defensible law.
So we need a major rethink?
When we talk about the world going green, the media and the public think of pollution or fresh-water shortage. They understand, and want to do something. But that is the physical world; concern for the living environment has been slow to take off, as Julia Marton-Lefèvre, head of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), will agree. We are not making the headway we should be in preventing the destruction of ecosystems and species. I have written book after book arguing that if we don't start caring about holding onto them, we will have big problems - some unforeseeable. Most Americans have only the vaguest notion about any of that, even though they can talk intelligently about climate change. Yet when it comes to the living world they are in danger of losing something they scarcely understand.
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