Navigating the site:
by Kareiva and Marvier
Scientific American, 297:4, October 2007, pp. 50-57.
Excerpts from text of the article:
"Casual observers do not always see links between human well-being and aiding endangered species, but such connections abound in many situations that engage conservationists."
"Ecosystems such as wetlands and mangrove stands protect people from lethal storms, forests and coral reefs provide food and income; damage to one ecosystem can harm another half a world away..."
The link is obscured between human health and nature protection.
NOTE: Today when 70% of the world's people experience urban settings as their primary habitat the exclusion of nature from our instruction in the ways of the world imbalances our creative experience in favor of confusion, fragmentation and discontinuity. Thus the ability to see these connections --half a world away-- is not reinforced by our urban or rural surroundings.
"An approach that emphasizes saving ecosystems that have value to people."
"Our plan should save many species, while protecting human health and livelihoods."
Note: Because we hide nature in our genotype and it is not always apparent in the phenotype, or wy everything look, we grow apart from and are not aware of how the chemistry of the community, the physics of the atmosphere, and the biology of the microbes sustain our daily quest for nourishment, security and economic prosperity.
"Saving nature that works for people"
For our human ancestors, there is little confusion.
We confuse wild things with the exotic settings we create--often calling them wilderness--and then altering places so that we may grow and use natural products. Yet we do not fathom the deeper knowledge of plants, animals, fungi in sustaining the integrity of the very plants and animals we need.
Since before and after the agricultural revolution, nature remained an immediate presence. As wild or agrarian landscapes natural features influenced the way people responded to their physical surroundings and to one another.
Note: What passes for understanding is instead a delusive preoccupation with analyzing nature's infinitely reducible pieces instead of comprehending the seamless web of relations that infuses souls and places with a genius of a common coevolving coexistence.
Unbeknownst to even educated people is how nature is inside us and how what we do to the external world, we do to ourselves, eventually.
Life Raft Conservation
Our inharmonious relation to nature is deep.
Unconsciously we have changed the very air we are breathing now.
Together we shiver in isolation from ecosystem services because most