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Should we really conserve biodiversity? Or can we survive on green goo alone?

What are the most potent reasons, according to you, to conserve the planet's plant and animal biodiversity?

Is there a moral imperative?
Is there an economic imperative?
Is there an ecological imperative?
All of the above?

And of these imperatives, which one is the most potent?

Or is there no real reason for us to conserve biodiversity? Would it be possible for humans to live happy, creative and healthy lives on a planet devoid of real biodiversity? Can we live in concrete, chewing the same green goo each day?

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    Oct 4 2011: A lot of choices are important for us to make good decisions in our lives. All living matter on this planet exist differently... But our components are ATCG basically, and we have codependent relationships with each other to evolve to next generation. Similarly, earth need to have lots of choices to survive for many years, and diverse DNA sequences are required for this planet, I think. So, human have to conserve lots of species to maintain this planet good.
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    Oct 4 2011: Saving the planet's biodiversity . . . we may not have that much say in it since mass extinctions seem to happen no matter what. Yosemite could blow any time. In the meantime, yes, let's save our beautiful world - within reason. There are over 2200 species listed as endangered in the U.S. alone! Seems unwieldy and likely political to me.

    I don't think we'll end up devoid of biodiverstiy. If we do, we won't be here either.