I read this article called “conservation in the Anthropocene” by R. Lalasz, P. Kareiva and M. Marvier. The article compares human effort of conserving earth versus earth’s rapid decline. The article points out that we are losing the battle to protect nature. The effort to conserve nature has increased significantly in the 21st century. By 2009 there were about 100000 world-wide protected areas compared to under 10000 in 1950. About 13% of earth’s landmass is protected: that is about the size of South America. Rapid transformation of the developing world from rural to urban has domesticated the planet and made the effort to conserve nature become irrelevant.
Conservationists have been urged to think outside the box to create ways that humans become friendlier with nature. I am thinking at some point we will get to the point of no return even though it may not be anytime soon. Technology that we develop has to consider factors that conserve the environment. Some developmental changes in humanity and progress in technology are necessary and cannot be avoided. Scientists and conservationist have to consider factors that welcome development while minimizing its impact to the environment. For the example the article pointed out that number of orangutans is in Indonesia has decreased significantly not due to deforestation but because of humans killing the orangutans for bush meat and bounty at rates far greater than anyone suspected. In a case like this, scientists and conservationist have to consider solutions that embrace human development like agriculture so as to provide sufficient food while seeking to protect nature.