Kareiva: Scientist, Conservationist, & Pragmatist.

Here is some interesting weekend reading for you.  Peter Kareiva, chief scientist for the Nature Conservancy, wrote an essay questioning the strategies of environmentalists and conservationists. He argued that their movement is failing – both in its goal to protect ecosystems and helping people to recognize their dependence on those ecosystems. He is also challenging the narrative of nature as always being fragile – when it can often be resilient. Now there is a great feature-length article at E&E news that brings together Kareiva, his critics, and even such people as Stewart Brand who have made similar realizations – that while humans are having a major impact on this planet, we are also part of the solution. What is really refreshing is his approach of using science to determine what the reality is, and a pragmatic approach to action.