Ecological Realism Is the Key to Conserving Biodiversity

0
57

If the deepening climate crisis teaches us anything, it’s that we are embedded in the natural world and ignore this reality at our peril. At last month’s Leaders Summit on Climate, U.S. President Joe Biden pressed the world’s major economies to slash greenhouse gas emissions and unveiled America’s own plans to do so. The U.S. commitment was impressive, if necessarily tentative. It remains to be seen whether a politically divided United States can deliver on the administration’s pledge to cut emissions 50-52 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. Still, the scale of ambition suggested a dawning ecological realism—an overdue recognition that the fate and wealth of nations and indeed human survival are inextricably linked to the health of the biosphere.

Climate change, of course, is only one facet of the planet’s poor environmental health. The other major ecological emergency is collapsing biodiversity, which threatens the innumerable…

Read more…