For conservation to truly work, we must view the natural world as more than just objects and resources
We need to fundamentally change how we view nature and other species to effectively address our extinction crisis, a team of experts say.
Viewing nature and other species as objects and resources for human ends will never ensure effective conservation.
The best way forward is to broaden the focus of conservation science to explicitly include peoples’ moral obligations to nature.
The accelerating loss of other species around the globe is so extensive that many experts now refer to it as the sixth mass extinction. It’s driven in large part by an unprecedented loss of vital ecosystems such as forests and wetlands, the result of social and economic systems that are focused on constant growth.