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.