RE: NANFA-- not a chick flick...

Jay DeLong (
Fri, 18 Feb 2000 17:50:13 -0800

> People have to understand that protecting the environment and maintaining
> biological diversity is actually for their personal betterment.
> >>>
> Maybe. There are too many scare stories where the "personal
> betterment" was
> interpreted as "economic disaster" by the people more closely
> involved. No
> amount of /p/r/o/p/o/g/a/n/d/a/ education can cure something like
> that. If
> you want people to be economically disadvantaged for something
> you see as a
> benefit, you need to be willing to put up your $$$ to compensate. Then we
> get a win-win situation.

Why is it we pretty much have a consensus regarding crimes against society,
but are so widely varied in perspective when it comes to our relationship
with our environment? Few of us would offer to pay someone to not rob a
bank, even if that person asserted he'd be economically disadvantaged
otherwise. Therefore, why compensate someone for not destroying an
ecosystem or killing an endangered species? When I refer to education, I'm
talking about developing a long-term societal ethic about environmental
protection; one that asserts the value of every species and every ecosystem.
After all, it's not just "the" environment. And it's not just "our"
environment. It's us.

Jay DeLong
Olympia, WA

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