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It is that
range of biodiversity that we must care for - the whole thing - rather than just
one or two stars.
-- David Attenborough
We are committed with our
lives to building a different model and a different future for humanity, the Earth,
and other species. We have envisaged a moral alternative to economic globalization
and we will not rest until we see it realized.
piecemeal solution is going to prevent the collapse
of whole societies and ecosystems ... a radical re-thinking
of our values, priorities and political systems is
find ourselves ethically destitute just when, for the first time, we are faced
with ultimacy, the irreversible closing down of the earth's functioning in its
major life systems. Our ethical traditions know how to deal with suicide, homicide
and even genocide, but these traditions collapse entirely when confronted with
biocide, the killing of the life systems of the earth, and geocide, the devastation
of the earth itself."
one [of the Earth's 5 million invertebrate species] plays a role in its ecosystem.
It's like we're tearing the cogs out of a great machine. The machine might work
after you tear out ten cogs, but what happens when you tear out a hundred?"
— Scott Black
Are we to regard
the world of nature simply as a storehouse to be robbed for the immediate benefit
of man? . . . Does man have any responsibility for the preservation of a decent
balance in nature, for the preservation of rare species, or even for the indefinite
continuance of his race?
With laissez-faire and price atomic,
another kind of logic
number of people displaced by dams is estimated at between 40 million and 80 million,
most of them in China and India. The costs of dams were on average 50% above their
original estimate. Some designed to reduce flooding made it worse, and there were
many unexpected environmental disadvantages, including the extinction of fish
and bird species. Half the world's wetlands had been lost because of dams.
-- Paul Brown
diverse ecosystem will also be resilient, because it contains many species with
overlapping ecological functions that can partially replace one another. When
a particular species is destroyed by a severe disturbance so that a link in the
network is broken, a diverse community will be able to survive and reorganize
itself... In other words, the more complex the network is, the more complex its
pattern of interconnections, the more resilient it will be.
is something fundamentally wrong with treating the earth as if it were a business
I was very young, biology, the diversity of life, was one of my main interests.
I know there's this image people have that I'm this spoiled, cocky punk of an
actor. Honestly, that's not who I am. I really care that so many species have
been wiped out, like genocide of entire races. I believe in the divine right of
all species to survive on this planet. So I decided I want to be active as an
environmentalist. I learned. I asked experts. I got active.
nation’s biological diversity has great economic, aesthetic, and spiritual value.”
-- Ecological Society of America
know we must protect species because they are working parts of our life-support
- Paul Ehrlich
is the greatest treasure we have... Its diminishment is to be prevented at all
- Thomas Eisner