We will not fight to save what we do not love

Today some statistics have come out showing that many of our priority wildlife species of conservation concern have declined dramatically since 1970 (Link Here). This data was based on 210 British species and the overall trend shows that we need to do a lot more if we want to protect these species.

This data reminded me of a wonderful talk I went to last week by Hugh Warwick where he spoke about a wide range of wildlife enthusiasts that are passionate, some to the point of eccentricity, with their chosen species or group of species. He quoted the evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould saying ‘We will not fight to save what we do not love’. Stephen said this in 1993 yet today I still feel this rings true in wildlife conservation.

“We cannot win this battle to save species and environments without forging an emotional bond between ourselves and nature as well – for we will not fight to save what we do not love” – Stephen Jay Gould

 Through twitter I have met a vast variety of people passionate about certain species or just wildlife in general. These people are often not professional naturalists yet they made a huge difference and take action to conserve wildlife. I think this shows us that we can all be conservationists, we all can make a difference. We just need to fall in love with the natural world, marvel in its beauty and encourage others to do the same. I wholeheartedly believe that we can make a difference to the natural world if we work together.


7 responses to “We will not fight to save what we do not love

  1. Fabulous blog, Ryan. Uplifting too. Thanks for posting it. With all the bad news, it's easy to forget how many good people DO care about wildlife 🙂

  2. cracking blog ryan well done mate, like you say, some of us might not be professionals but we all share one common interest and thats all that matters !

  3. Thanks Jason. I totally agree.

  4. I enjoyed this Ryan. We can't afford to forget it. Science and data are vitally important, but we have to appeal to people on an emotional level too.

  5. Thank you Richard. I agree, it may be a sweeping generalisation but without science we wouldn't know what species were at risk and without passion no one would care whether or not they existed. This is where biofell comes into it's own I think. Giving people with passion a way to communicate with others and turn their passion into scientific benefit.

  6. Agree we need to get people passionate about conservation – and get children in touch with nature from an early age … but that passion must not be limited to the cute, cuddly species – “ugly” species need to be loved too!

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