Conserve people, and you’ll conserve nature.

By » Wed, June 13 2012
3pchhr Conserve people, and youll conserve nature.

(img by the internet)

Here’s a novel take on conservationism: make it anthropocentric.

…we must accept the irreversibility of the Anthropocene. Our impact on the environment can be traced back even further than we always thought – and nature itself has been continually changing since long before we came around. It is neither tenable nor desirable to protect nature from our influence. Rather, Kareiva tells us, conservation efforts must be structured around human life and our influential place in the larger ecosystem.

This means taking steps that ‘traditional’ ecologists might consider blasphemous. Conservation decisions must be based on value judgments – evaluations of value to human life – rather than on the a priori assumption that all human life is naturally destructive to the thriving of ecosystems.

This makes a lot of sense to me. I’d like to see if it gains traction… and how it plays out.

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2 Responses

  1. James West on Facebook James West on Facebook June 13 2012 @ 10:25am

    I love both the image and the sentiment.

  2. Max Slowik June 13 2012 @ 8:19pm

    I’ve always held that if the cure for AIDS mandated the eradication of the white rhino I’d do everything in my power to make sure they looked good all taxidermied and in museums.