Biodiversity in the News But Not for Conservation Action

Crop seeds are one type of vital biodiversityBiodiversity is much in the news this week as the Encylopedia of Life launches on the web [ark] and the Doomsday Vault [ark] opens its global seed bank [search] in Norway. Biodiversity databases [search] are fine, we must know species to understand and save them; as are efforts to conserve crop seeds [search] for an emergency that given continued inaction on climate and ecosystem loss seems increasingly probable.
But what of policies and actions necessary to protect that diversity? What of equal efforts to avoid the catastrophe of a homogenized Earth collapsing for lack of key species? There are far too few efforts to finance the building of knowledge bases of required policies and action plans sufficient to protect biodiversity, as that gets into politics, social change and personal sacrifice. Try eating a biodiversity database, and seed banks don't feed many soon. This is what EcoInternet does — acting upon the best ecological science to promote policies adequate to avoid global ecological collapse and achieve global ecological sustainability.

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3 Responses

  1. Mary Krane Derr says:

    I can understand your frustration that the Encyclopedia of Life is not directly tied to an action platform. However, it will no doubt prove a wonderful educational tool and inspire reverence, hopefully *reverent action*, towards other-than-human living beings.
    Also, one of the people behind the EOL is the biologist EO Wilson, who if I'm not mistaken has spoken out for biodiversity conservation for a long time.

  2. Dr. Glen Barry says:

    The best way to inspire reference for nature is to get outside and be part of it, not looking at pictures on the web. The web is well suited for action and policy-making, but does not inspire a direct connection with the natural world — a love upon which reverent action is taken.

  3. Mary Krane Derr says:

    Of course it is better to directly experience and engage with the natural world, which we are part of it no matter where we live, and regardless of whether or not we are actively conscious of this.
    But sometimes the inspiration and connection starts with a book or website. And often it helps to learn the accumulated observations of others.
    Also, many people live in highly urbanized environments, without the income and other wherewithal to venture very far.
    I am thinking, for example, of all the kids in my inner-city neighborhood who will use the EOL at school.
    This has a value, just as inviting them to engage with the living beings in our local organic community garden has a value, and just as taking them to a wilderness area would have a value–but that last would not be too feasible, unfortunately…

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