we don't need to change how we do conservation, we need to change why we do it

Extreme Times

Extreme temperatures in the Arctic. Extreme flooding in Bangladesh. Extreme wildfires in Australia and in California. Extremely low water-tables in Syria and in California. Extreme rates of glacier melting. And, most alarming for biologists, extreme rates of species extinction and ecosystem collapse. All caused by human activity over the years.

It is becoming more and more apparent the human response must also be extreme, and we will need to get used to looking at Humans and Nature from outside our socially entrained comfort zones. It’s time for thoughtful scientists and communicators to publish the extreme depths of their thoughts.

Here is a radical viewpoint that many thoughtful evolutionary ecologists and physical anthropologists have entertained at one time or another, and cannot entirely dismiss from the backs of their minds. It is a precarious viewpoint at this time (even though it may be regarded as a simple truism some time in the future), so they may be hesitant to speak about it, for fear of backlash, or from concerns about being misunderstood. For want of a better term, I will call it, The Extremophile Choice.


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