Is There Hope for Conservation?

James Borrell’s recent TEDx talk on conservation achievements so far. Should we be more optimistic in conservation? Get involved with the debate.

Despite the ever-declining state of our biodiversity, the answer is – I’m convinced – a resounding yes.

In conservation, I think we sometimes focus too much on the negatives. Yes, we have to get our message across. Yes, we need a lot of very uninterested people to wake up and recognise our dependence on the natural world, but can yet more alarming statistics really help?

We have lost most than half of our wildlife in the past 40 years (and 40 years ago things were already pretty bad). That simple fact should be all we need to know to be convinced to take action.

Instead, I want to help people realise quite how much success conservationists have achieved already. If the environmental movement had never happened, if history’s great conservationists had stood by and done nothing then the world, I am certain, would be in a far worse state than it is today.

So please, stay hopeful because conservation depends on people just like you.

More about James:

James is a conservation biologist, with a focus on the genetics of rare species. He has been involved with a variety of research expeditions around the world, from the Peruvian Amazon to the Empty Quarter desert and the Scandinavian High Arctic.  In the UK he is passionate about citizen science and encouraging young people to become interested in conservation and the natural world. His latest projects include the social enterprise Discover Conservation and an upcoming expedition to Northern Madagascar.

You can find out more about James and his current projects at his website – http://www.jamesborrell.com/

Do you think there is hope for conservation? Tell us what you think by leaving a comment below

Tags:

One Comment

  • He talks a lot of sense

    Derek 3rd August 2015 at 4:35 pm Reply
Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.*

Tick the box or answer the captcha.

You might also like

  • Are Badgers to Blame for Declining Hedgehogs?

    Badgers are now subject to a controversial cull in an effort to halt the spread of bovine tuberculosis, with some arguing that the cull may benefit more than just ailing cattle.

    By James Common
  • Bees using plastic waste to build hives

    Researchers discovered that two solitary bee species in Canada are using polyurethane and polyethelene-based plastics in the formation and closing of their brood cells.

    By Grace Dickins
  • Southern Sea Otter Survival

    As southern sea otter population recover from near extinction due to hunting for the fur trade, they are still suffering from low genetic diversity. A new study examines the most effective way to save them.

    By Alex Taylor
  • How to save the Saola

    With less than 100 individuals remaining, the saola is in imminent danger of extinction caused by commercial snaring to supply the wild meat trade. Experts say that their only remaining chance of survival is the establishment of a captive breeding programme.

    By Alex Taylor