The future of conservation is at a crossroads | Martin Harper | Environment | guardian.co.uk   Leave a comment

A road we dont want to cross or put it another way….we have a choice as to which road we will take in respect of biodiversity.

 

“At some point, probably in the 1980s, probably in a small brackish lagoon near Chichester, the last Ivell’s sea anemone in the whole world died. That species, like many others, lived out its last days on this planet, in England, in the last few decades.

So what? I have a job and an iPad and a busy life, why should I care about one less sea anemone?

Species extinctions may seem peripheral to modern life, but they matter. They matter to me and they matter to a surprising number of people who believe society has a duty to protect the wondrous diversity of life on Earth.

Why? Because the health of our natural environment is vitally important for our economy and our wellbeing. And that’s not me talking, it comes from government’s chief scientist Prof Bob Watson, who on Thursday signalled a new way of thinking about our natural habitats and the life that lives there, in the first ever UK National Ecosystems Assessment (NEA).”

via The future of conservation is at a crossroads | Martin Harper | Environment | guardian.co.uk.

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Posted September 25, 2011 by arnoneumann in biodiversity

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