Mother Knows Best

| April 30, 2003

Environmentalists have long lamented the alarming rate at which numerous animal species are becoming extinct. And though most agree that the solution requires humans to share the land more equitably with wildlife, how that translates in practice remains open for debate.

As Kathryn Eastburn reports in the Colorado Springs Independent, some environmentalists, like Earth First! co-founder Dave Foreman, now of the Wildlands Project, contend that species survival depends on ?setting aside large core habitat areas that are roadless and unimpeded by human activities.? Others, such as Michael Rozenweig of the University of Arizona, argue that we must ?learn to share our habitats, whether urban, semi-urban, or rural, deliberately with other species.?

The answer, says Eastburn, would ideally be both. We should be setting land aside for reserves, as well as accommodating those animals living among humans. Focusing on divisions between environmentalists misses the point, Eastburn explains. There is something about which they all agree: We need to do something?and soon. ?The prospects are gloomy if we don?t start sharing the planet with nonhuman species more wholeheartedly and thoughtfully,? she writes.
?Amelia Bauerly

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