Nature Needs Half is a revolutionary approach to conservation which posits that half of the world's land and water should be maintained in its natural state, both to ensure the longterm functioning of ecosystem services without which our civilization would soon collapse, as well as to--oh yeah--provide at least some space for the rest the approximately 8.7 million species that don't happen to be H. sapiens. I take a look at this grandiose but entirely logical idea over at Earth Island Journal.
Here's a good interview by National Geographic with the British author George Monbiot, whose work defining the conservation ecology movement called "rewilding" is setting the stage for seriously expanding preserved areas around the world, and stocking them with the megafaunal species that have largely disappeared from our overcrowded, hyper-developed Earth. Rewilding offers the best best chance for us to repair the damage we've done to the tapestry of evolution, and leave the world in some functioning semblance of the splendor we inherited.
William H. Funk
I'm a freelance writer focusing on natural history, conservation, and environmental law, policy and politics.