The next meeting of the Natural Cosmology Group will take place on Wednesday, March 6 at 7 PM at UUCWC.
We’ll be discussing the work of Elizabeth Kolbert the author of “The Sixth Extinction”.
A few of us attended her lecture at Princeton. George summarizes the points she made here:
She’s not optimistic: trends are worsening and we have Trump in office.
Animal extinctions are being caused for many reasons, not just climate change, but also population growth and land use, cutting rainforests, pesticides, travel and exposure to more toxins.
Good point from an audience comment: it seems that only non-democracies can make decisions promptly and comprehensively enough to address major challenges. Is that true?
There are two views of why we should preserve all species: (1) for their own sakes and our general appreciation, and (2) for pragmatic reasons (food, ecological stability, potential medicines, etc.) Both may be good motivations.
You can also check out this interview. What do you think? To what extent can we halt the trends or create genetic databases in case we want to restore species in the future?