this is really our #1 world issue. We depend on the natural habitat, even if this dependence is disguised by our supply chains and packaging industries. As species and natural habitats go, so goes humanity.
In South Africa, I saw a lot of clear-cutting, and people walking absolutely everywhere. Outside of the fenced reserves you could see the struggle for survival and the toll it is taking on the environment. This is often a complex problem, because in many cases those engaging in environmental destruction are also just trying to survive– as anyone would if they found themselves in those circumstances. However, park rangers said that poaching is not so much about this type of basic survival, but more connected to organized criminal groups who earn windfalls from the activities.
The basic problem, as with so many other world problems, is the human inability to cooperate on basic issues of mutual interest. I am so tired of “my way or the highway” attitude that creates brinksmanship in Congress and everywhere else. Let’s just learn to cooperate so that we can solve our mutual problems. Inflexibility is our real problem. Christine Hansen