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Asha de Vos

Marine Biologist, The University of California Santa Cruz

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Everything on this earth is so closely intertwined that when we drive a species to extinction, we are spelling our own demise.

As a biologist I study webs of things and this is something I strongly believe in. We think that just because something is not an immediate part of our day to day life, its destruction will have no impact on us as humans - but I don't think thats correct. I am keen to have lots of input on this idea and examples and thoughts :)

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  • Apr 22 2012: I'm pretty sure that at one time, there were no bees. Even so, we still have flora and fauna. Like I said, our ecosystem has a way of taking care of itself. If all the bees disappeared in one single day, that might cause a problem. But that's not the way things work. The same people that stand behind the the theory of adaptation and survival of the fittest are are always the first the cry over environmental changes and how the changes will be catastrophic. I don't buy it, I'm a believer that our ecosystem is resilient and even has redundant safety systems built right in. I'm not a biologist, just a layman with opinions, so I know that I could be so off that I'm actually in the wrong ballpark. Life has flourished for the last few million years here on earth, despite any catastrophe that we can theorize has happened to it. In addition, my main point was that extinction is part of the ecosystem. Things come and go all the time. But the world keeps on bringing forth life. Worrying about species becoming extinct is more of a human sentimental problem than a natural problem. Nature doesn't seem to care if X exists or not. When X is gone, there will be Y to take it's place. When we're gone, some other species will soon rise to take our place. It's like when you are at your job. If you quit or get fired, there will be someone to take your place the next day.

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