February 02, 2006

The good, the bad and the unprejudiced

The unprejudiced is Philip Cafaro, who impartially considered the facts and then wrote this in Conservation Biology:
As we write the next chapter in Earth's environmental history, we will do so consciously, choosing to preserve wild nature or to reduce the world to a human life-support system and eliminate wild nature forever. Scientists will play an important role. On the one side stand the biotechnicians, servants of commerce and industry, intent on reducing nature to its lowest common denominator in return for power and prestige. On the other side stand, among others, the conservation biologists, who find beauty and value in wild nature's own stories and are determined that they be allowed to continue. Theirs is the better, more generous story.