By Joern Fischer
In the 1970s, excessive consumption was seen as a key problem for sustainability. — Now, leading ecologists analyse how to best meet global demand for ever more resources without thinking to question if all demand must always be met.
In the first half of the 20th century, ecologists used t-tests but understood their local systems. — Now, ecologists do complicated meta-analyses and produce global maps depicting systems they have never been to (risking a loss of the culture of ecology).
The intuition and morality of people like Aldo Leopold or Rachel Carson has been replaced with an understanding that we need hard evidence to convince those in charge (whoever they are, and whether or not hard evidence is actually what’s missing … see here or here).
Looks like the paradigm shift at a societal scale hasn’t happened.
We couldn’t beat them.
And so … we joined them.
Surely this is the obvious thing to do to ensure biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. Right …?