If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos.
There is a biodiversity crisis in progress. Scientific journals argue that many plants and animals are going extinct, due to human activity, before we even know of their existence. Scientists postulate that a better
understanding of the range of biodiversity is imperative to conservation. How can we protect the magnitude of species if we don’t as yet know of them? Habitat destruction and conversion of land for agriculture and industrial development are the biggest contributors to the extinction of species. Other harmful activities include the spread of invasive species, overexploitation of natural resources, pollution, and climate change. How can this be remedied? Science, which undergoes rigorous evaluation and testing, science that is not muzzled by government policy, yes, science is the answer. Valuable scientific study of the earth’s biodiversity must be allowed to expand the knowledge base and scientists must be provided with the resources and ability to openly strive for solutions. Conservation of biodiversity is imperative to the survival of humankind. To bring about a change will require a combination of reducing population growth, reducing consumerism as the economic base of modern society, reducing pollution, and protecting vast natural areas of land and water. Societal changes are tough but the natural areas are actually self regenerating when protected. Trees and plants act as natural filters for cleaner healthier air. It is time, indeed, that the adequate funds, often misspent on corporate incentives, are directed to furthering the scientific knowledge of our world. Scientists should be able to do their work and share their findings in productive discussion regarding solutions. Keeping a media wrap on scientific findings is wrong but it is in effect right now. Government leaders and the entire country should be acting on the best and most information available not on a politically diluted version of information. The policy should be public interest before political concerns. Saving the planet is in the best public interest. Any funding cutbacks or staffing reductions should be occurring in the over-stuffed corporate and government offices not in the area of scientific research which will provide the most benefit to the most people worldwide.