Comment to: Dalerum, F. 2014. Identifying the role of conservation biology for solving the environmental crisis. AMBIO 43. Doi: 10.1007/s13280-014-0546-3. Frederik Dalerum (2014) has nicely summarized what many of us consider the basic question of how conservation biologists should allocate their time in trying to deal with the existential threat to human civilization. How much should we devote to our usual activities—to research that may provide better insights into ways to preserve Earth’s biodiversity, or to promoting local or regional actions that will slow the rate of population and species extinctions? Alternatively, how much should we focus on communicating with the general public and taking action to move society onto a course that might avoid a collapse; that is, to addressing the underlying causes of the extinction crisis?
My personal answer is straightforward. Allscientists should be allocating a significant amount of effort to promoting understanding and action to deal...
KeywordsConservation Biologist Species Extinction Modern Contraception Existential Threat Habitat Corridor
- Barnosky, A.D., and E.A. Hadly. 2013. Scientific consensus on maintaining humanity’s life support systems in the 21st century: Information for policy makers. http://mahb.stanford.edu/consensus-statement-from-global-scientists/.
- Cribb, J. 2014. Poisoned planet: How constant exposure to man-made chemicals is putting your life at risk. Crows Nest: Allen and Unwin.Google Scholar
- Haddad, L.B., and N.M. Nour. 2009. Unsafe abortion: Unnecessary maternal mortality. Reviews in Obstetrics and Gynecology 2: 122–126.Google Scholar
- Klare, M.T. 2012. The race for what’s left: The global scramble for the world’s last resources. New York City: Metropolitan Books.Google Scholar
- Weisman, A. 2013. Countdown: Our last, best hope for a future on earth?. New York City: Little, Brown, and Company.Google Scholar