Right wingers say that there’s no real reason to be concerned about the state of our planet’s natural environment, and that people who worry about environmental disasters are just tree hugging weirdos.
Scientists who have just completed an analysis of available research and successfully submitted their work to a prestigious peer-reviewed journal say that one out of every five vertebrate species on Earth is nearing extinction, and that one out of every three species of elasmobranch (sharks, skates and rays) is almost completely annihilated. Their study finds that, every year, 50 new species of mammal, amphibian and bird become in danger of extinction. At the same time, the research provides evidence that, without conservation efforts, the rate of extinction and species endangerment would have been even worse than it has been.
“Much more effort is needed, through NGOs, governments, businesses and committed individuals working together, to stop the slide towards extinction and start to address the root causes of biodiversity loss,” says Alison Stattersfield, one of the co-authors of the study.
Don’t worry about it, and keep your focus on corporate profits, say the right wingers.
Who are you going to listen to?