A ruse of a title that, once again, focuses on the “new conservation” debate, this time with the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) in mind.
Who is "The Science"? What does "The Science" do in its spare time? Why do we ask "The Science" so many questions? I don’t know. I have never actually met “The Science” and as far as I know there actually is no entity known as “The Science” to whom I might address a question (or a thank you note, or even send a chain letter, etc.).
Intellectually I know that it is important not to conceptualize nature as separate from urban areas, but realistically I associate escaping into nature with a 4 hour car ride. So, what is all the buzz about re-connecting people to nature in urban environments?
In reading Marks’ recent post on “New Conservation”, I was struck by some of his closing remarks. In particular, “The majority of people now live in urban environments. With this recognition, there has been a rapidly evolving appreciation for the degree to which these urban populations are disconnected from nature and the importance of a connection to nature to support conservation actions. What do we do in urban environments with respect to conserving nature?”
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