I hear of the destruction of a species, I feel just as if all the works of some
great writer have perished."
is being lost at a rate unequalled since the appearance of modern ecosystems more
than 40 million years ago. A quarter of all mammals are threatened with extinction
and nearly 70% of the world’s fish stocks are fully exploited, overexploited or
-- Royal Society
species on our planet plays a role in the healthy functioning of natural ecosystems,
on which humans depend.
- William H. Schlesinger
"What is man
without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness
of spirit. For whatever happens to the beasts, soon happens to man. All things
"The bulldozer and not
the atomic bomb may turn out to be the most destructive invention of the 20th
- Philip Shabecoff
threat to nature and people today comes from centralising and monopolising power
and control. Not until diversity is made the logic of production will there be
a chance for sustainability, justice and peace. Cultivating and conserving diversity
is no luxury in our times: it is a survival imperative."
is not nature's way; diversity is nature's way.
people are helping to make the world a better place, but humanity
as a whole is making it difficult for other living creatures that
share our planet to survive.
is the nature of a species that knowingly and without good reason exterminates
- George Small
species become extinct, no corrective legislation can bring them back—they are
- Allen M. Solomon
moral and ethical responsibility is to protect other species in the spirit of
husbandry rather than destroy them in and attitude of conquest."
will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be
destroyed; if we permit the last virgin forests to be turned into comic books
and plastic cigarette cases; if we drive the few remaining members of the wild
species into zoos or to extinction; if we pollute the last clear air and dirty
the last clean streams and push our paved roads through the last of the silence,
so that never again will Americans be free in their own country from the noise,
the exhausts, the stinks of human and automotive waste.
if we act immediately, the world is doomed to lose many of its animal
and plant species and this inturn will reduce the ability of ecosystems
to deliver vital services to human populations. The Red List gives all
of us a practical tool for raising awareness of the biodiversity crisis
and for forging new partnerships within the international community.
-- Achim Steiner, IUCN Director General
than 5,500 large dams impede America's running waters, leaving less than 2 percent
of the country's 3.1 million miles of rivers and streams flowing free. In the
wake of these river alterations trails a record list of endangered aquatic species.
Two of every three freshwater mussel species are heading for extinction, or are
already there; half of all crayfish species are imperiled; more than a third of
the country's freshwater fish are in trouble -- 17 of them missing outright.
-- William Stolzenburg
who wish to pet and baby wildlife love them, but those who respect their natures
and wish to let them live their natural lives, love them more."
- Edwin Way
effects of human activities on biodiversity have increased so greatly that the
rate of species extinctions is rising to hundreds or thousands of times the background
-- United Nations Earth Watch (UNEP)
habitat, there is no wildlife. It's that simple."
- Wildlife Habitat Canada
Armageddon is approaching at the beginning of the third millennium. But it is
not the cosmic war and fiery collapse of mankind foretold in sacred scripture.
It is the wreckage of the planet by an exuberantly plentiful and ingenious humanity."
-- E. O. Wilson
We should preserve every scrap of biodiversity as priceless while we learn to
use it and come to understand what it means to humanity.
-- E. O. Wilson
genetic resources are seldom 'raw materials'; they are the expression of the current
wisdom of farmers who have played a highly significant role in the building up
of the world's genetic resource base... As is already happening in my country,
farmers and national genebanks in developing countries can work together to preserve
and expand crop genetic diversity on behalf of all humanity."
"The world is currently
undergoing a very rapid loss of biodiversity comparable with the great mass extinction
events that have previously occurred only five or six times in the Earth's history."
-- World Wildlife Fund
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