Why We Need to Save Wildlife to Save Ourselves

  Its not Indonesian, but the case is relevant to anyone. More often than not, in my own experience , biologist (conservation biologist, esp) being overlooked by people, because some people think that biologist are just working for “animals” or “plants” or some little “microbial” thingy.

 But, no sir no, we working for you. For your future.

 This is strong.

 Read this.

“Why don’t we do something about it? Wildlife conservation suffers under a misguided notion that it is a boutique issue. “Animals do matter to people,” according to one article in the Science special issue, “but on balance, they matter less than food, jobs, energy, money, and development. As long as we continue to view animals in ecosystems as irrelevant to these basic demands, animals will lose.”

Insect pollinator populations, for instance, are now in free-fall. But they are essential for 75 percent of the world’s food crops. Somewhat less obviously, native predators—mainly insects, birds, and bats—also provide natural pest control, worth an estimated $4.5 billion annually in the United States. “

strange behaviors

Cone snail shells: Not just something pretty to look at. Cone snail shells: Not just something pretty to look at.

Midway through the new special issue of Science, about the global loss of wildlife, my heart caught on this idea: We now live with a steady, imperceptible loss “in people’s expectations of what the natural world around them should look like,” and “each generation grows up within a slightly more impoverished natural biodiversity.” It’s not just about elephants, rhinos, and other iconic species disappearing. It’s about the decline of everything.

When children go outdoors today—to the extent that they go outdoors at all—they see 35 percent fewer individual butterflies and moths than their parents would have seen 40 years ago, and 28 percent fewer individual vertebrates—meaning birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and fish.  It’s not quite a silent spring, just one that is becoming quieter with each passing year, insidiously, so we hardly notice. The Science authors dub this phenomenon…

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