Half-Earth: Learn about an idea whose time has come!
Succinctly put, from E. O. Wilson’s website: “In order to stave off the mass extinction of species, including our own, we must move swiftly to preserve the biodiversity of our planet, says Edward O. Wilson in his most impassioned book to date. Half-Earth argues that the situation facing us is too large to be solved piecemeal and proposes a solution commensurate with the magnitude of the problem: dedicate fully half the surface of the Earth to nature.”
“In stinging language, he avers that the biosphere does not belong to us and addresses many fallacious notions such as the idea that ongoing extinctions can be balanced out by the introduction of alien species into new ecosystems or that extinct species might be brought back through cloning. This includes a critique of the “anthropocenists,” a fashionable collection of revisionist environmentalists who believe that the human species alone can be saved through engineering and technology.”
First, if you missed it, read the review of E. O. Wilson’s book Half-Earth, published here on CACOR’s website. While the concept of preserving Half Earth has been around for some time, Wilson certainly brought it into the limelight and mainstream consciousness.
The E. O. Wilson Biodiversity foundation has a website that illustrates the problem and solution graphically. I recommend that you go there and see what it’s about.
The hard part comes after you’ve familiarized yourself with the extreme urgency of the need for the preservation of Half-Earth. What are you going to do about it? What actions are you willing to take to preserve life on Earth, likely including humans?