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What makes our species worth saving?

This blog was originally posted on the website Valuing Nature.

In a piece in this month’s Ecologist, Richard Heinberg reflects on the psychological impacts of an awareness of the impact of climate change.

“Strategy shifts. We move from rehearsing ‘Fifty simple things you can do to save the Earth’ to discussing global triage. As the Great Unraveling proceeds, there may in fact be only one occupation worthy of our attention: that of identifying the qualities that make our species worth saving, and then celebrating and exemplifying those qualities. If we concentrate on doing that, perhaps we win no matter what.”

He is surely right that we need to examine the value of life – and then to begin to construct a response to climate change drawing on this understanding. Unfortunately, ‘green consumerism’ and the ‘business case for sustainable development’ cannot step up to this.

Read ‘How do you like the collapse so far?’ here.

Tom CromptonWhat makes our species worth saving?

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