Fighting for Crumbs:
The Traditional Forms
of Biological Conservation
A scientist must….be absolutely like a child. If he sees a thing, he must say that he sees it, whether it was what he thought he was going to see or not…
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Functioning by themselves, the traditional forms of conservation are running out of time. Although they sure feel good—and right—in the end, conservation as we now practice it will only delay the monumental forces humanity has deployed against the world's diversity. Increasingly, traditional forms of conservation are becoming little more than diversions that occupy the attention of concerned citizens while the real struggle goes largely ignored.
I do not like having to write those words. I have been a conservationist for most of my life. I still proudly belong to conservation organizations like The Nature Conservancy and the Audubon Society—both of them leaders in reconciliation experiments. May I always belong to them. Such organizations educate us and mobilize us. They are effective advocates for the causes of Nature in the councils of power.