I don’t like our textbook. It seems to imply that conservation is somehow less moral or ethical than other ecological concerns. Personally, I think that the exact opposite is true.
Let me start by saying that I love animals and respect nature. I enjoy seeing undespoiled nature and recognize the importance of it, but I cannot fault people whose only concern is conservation. We are on the verge of a global ecological catastrophe. They say within 50 years we could see the terrible results of global warming and see an unprecedented loss of human life as well as seeing us thrust back into the dark ages.
In the face of this crisis, we must consider what is most important or most pressing and focus upon that before anything else. As an emergency room will treat patients with a head wound before they will treat one with a broken arm based on severity, we must make choices that will not be easy. Conservation makes that choice. It recognizes, perhaps selfishly, that all the environmental practices in the world will mean nothing if humans aren’t around to benefit from them. Perhaps this is greedy, or perhaps nothing more than the biological imperative instilled in us from evolution, but our species surviving matters more than any other ecological facet. Once we’ve ensured the survival of mankind
Perhaps this is greedy, or perhaps nothing more than the biological imperative instilled in us from evolution, but our species surviving matters more than any other ecological facet. Once we’ve ensured the survival of mankind, then we can focus on the other parts. I know how important the rainforests are, and how endangered the whales are, but my first priority has to be the survival of mankind.
The world isn’t going to end. Life will continue without us. Something may crawl from the mess that mankind has created, but I’d rather it be mankind that crawls from the mess and that’s where my focus lies. If killing every whale ensured the survival of the human race? I’d be sad, but would say goodbye to them without hesitation.
I’m only Human.