The letter below was written to President Barack Obama at the White House, and emailed yesterday in an attempt to bring attention to the crises of world-wide, human-induced biodiversity loss. Without wider recognition of this silent disaster happening right under our noses, and resulting action by lawmakers, the damage will continue (or escalate), and the loss to our planet, and us, will be irreversible.
As the United States begins holding debates and selecting candidates for the 2016 presidential race, it’s imperative to bring this issue to the forefront so it can be recognized and addressed by both parties and all candidates, the same as climate change, foreign policy and economics.
It’s not a moment too soon to begin shouting this warning to the world. We’re losing species at 1000 to 10,000 times the normal ‘background rate’ of (non-human-induced) species loss. That’s dozens a day, not counting species we don’t even know about until it’s too late. Species loss is forever. It’s not reversible. And we need every one on this planet. Some make the soil fertile, some pollinate our crops, some break down waste products, some befriend us and some might yield cures for cancer or Parkinson’s Disease. But not if we lose them first. Without the deep well of biodiverse living systems and complexly interdependent life forms, not only will we lose the wonder and magic of our world, we lose our ‘biological savings account’, and our planet will become critically impoverished – Or, as far as we’re concerned, functionally, dead.
The letter, sent to President Obama, is printed below:
Dear President Obama;
As Wildlife Conservation Examiner, I closely follow biology, science, environmental, and, of course, wildlife and conservation news. Whether we like it or not, these matters effect all of us, directly or indirectly, in the US and abroad.
We need a healthy planet; we all know that. But there’s an elephant in the room that no one is talking about. This one issue is so crucial to our future that it’s absence from the 2016 Presidential debates is alarming: It’s the catastrophic and escalating planet-wide loss of biological diversity due to human activities. In the latest article, I make the case that biological diversity is, in fact, our single most important, and most imperiled, irreplaceable non-renewable resource, and protecting it needs to become a topic of this presidential campaign.
Space limitations prevented me from adding trophy hunting, poaching, trapping or even climate change to the list of major drivers of extinction across the Earth, with unbridled human population growth and urban sprawl tightening the noose. Even if the planet doesn’t lose her ability to support human life, without a robust, fully biodiverse environment to turn to as our ‘store house’ of living systems and genetic material, no amount of tinkering will be able to feed us, clothe us, improve human health or sustain the economy.
Preserving biological diversity must be a top-priority issue in the 2016 presidential debates.
Thank you for granting me your valuable time.
Wildlife Conservation Examiner
For more information on the importance of preserving biological diversity please see this on why protecting biodiversity must be a priority in the 2016 presidential debates.