The donor community and conservation movement are leaning increasingly towards a ‘what can nature do for us’ approach, where species and wild habitats are valued and prioritized according to the services they provide for people. This has made it increasingly difficult for conservationists to protect the most threatened species on the planet. We have an important moral and ethical decision to make: Do these species have a right to survive or do we have a right to drive them to extinction?Jonathan Bailie, conservation director at the Zoological Society of London • In a new report, “Priceless or Worthless?”, listing the top 100 most endangered species in the world. The list was compiled by 8,000 experts on behalf of the Zoological Society of London and the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The group also noted that, although these 100 face the most imminent threat of extinction, thousands of other species currently face extinction as well. source
» Why is this a big deal, anyway? Well, one thing to keep in mind is that having a rich environment has its own economic benefits. So-called “ecosystem services,” which provide such things as clean drinking water and pest control, are worth $33 trillion a year, according to Birdlife International ornithologist Stuart Butchart. He says that ignoring the environment could be the equivalent of losing seven percent of the global GDP. Wow.