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Onur Çörtük

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Should we really care about the extinction of endangered species?

Some examples of extinction may be necessary for evolution and we could be stopping the process by intervening it. What do you think about it?


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    Nov 21 2011: I believe that we should be conscientious about the choices we make, their effect on the environment, and how those effects in turn impact extinction rates. If we are aware of how we influence the world around us, we are better able to promote a positive impact on our environment rather than a harmful one.

    That being said, I do not think that we should intervene in natural selection. By doing so, we inhibit evolution and change. I think a good question to pose here is: Why are we so intent on "saving" so many species? Why do we so adamantly fight against the changes we are bringing about on our earth? My personal answer to this question is that we are selfish beings; we have survived very well on this planet as it has been, and suddenly we are having a massive impact on the environment that is changing it in a relatively drastic manner. I believe environmentalism is somewhat pointless because no matter what we do--short of total nuclear destruction--the earth will still be here. It will adapt and evolve to recover from whatever impact we have. Therefore, the only real reason we are so insistent upon "saving" the environment is to save ourselves.

    To tie these two ideas together: we should have an awareness of what we do and how that impacts the environment, but at the same time, we should also be aware of the fact that "saving" the environment and endangered species are mostly selfish and useless causes. The earth is going to change no matter how much we try to prevent it from changing. Instead of trying to prevent that change, it might be a better use of our time to learn to adapt--as other species have been adapting for millions of years--so that we can survive those changes.
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      Nov 22 2011: Thank you for your answer. As far as i understand you mean that we have evolved in this biodiversity ecological balance and in order to survive we have to protect this. If you mean this; this really helps my questionmarks.

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