Recently, on HuffingtonPost Green, author Eric Dinerstein voiced his thoughts on what it will really take to conserve rare species worldwide:
Biologists assert that we are entering the sixth great extinction spasm in the history of our planet. Only this conservation crisis is different in one major way: it is the only one of the five previous events that has been attributed to humans. Some economists argue that only until much of the developing world is more secure financially will we see an end to the crisis, when once-poor nations can afford conservation. Yet, if we look closely at the three countries widely regarded as the most advanced globally in their conservation efforts -- Namibia, Nepal, and Bhutan -- all among the poorest of nations, we can trace a different, more hopeful story. A marriage of science, political will, and compassion in the rich countries as well as the poor could embrace not only empathy for animals, but also our ability to conduct and understand science and to appreciate fully the wonderful beauty of rare animals and old-growth forests, the complexity of life.Read the entire piece here.