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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 think the thing is that yes, the ecosystem does adapt to changes and yes it has been around for a whole lot of time BUT my point is that we are making changes occur faster...can the ecosystem really adapt to the speed at which we are making changes?
    To be honest, I don't have a problem with humans going extinct, but I think we are causing so much havoc in the system around us before we leave the planet and thats more what I question. Are we causing more damage than the ecosystem can 'effectively' recover from?
    Here is a great quote from a great man that pretty much says the same thing 'but more eloquently'
    Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.- Chief Seattle

    Ok let's stop talking about the extinction of humans then...but lets talk of the damage we do to ourselves by damage we do to our ecosystem...

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