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Top conservationist: The environmental movement is failing

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Michal Conger

M. Sanjayan, lead scientist at The Nature Conservancy and science and environmental contributor for CBS News, says the environmental movement is failing.

Sanjayan is scheduled to give a talk at the University of Louisville tomorrow, titled, “Saving Earth in the Age of Man: Conservation in a Human Dominated World.”

In his address, Sanjayan will explain why the environmental movement needs a “reboot.” In a description of his talk, he explains that the environmental movement has been hindered by a Western philosophy that sees humans as separate from and detrimental to nature and hasn’t engaged critical constituents that could help form a more comprehensive, effective movement.

“While great strides have been made in the past few decades most scientists will agree that conservationists have not managed to keep up with the vast scale of planetary change,” he explains. “In other words, despite our best efforts, our movement is failing.”

Sanjayan gave more detail in an interview with the Courier-Journal, a Louisville-area newspaper, on Sunday:

On virtually every measure, the environmental movement is not keeping up with the needs at hand.

Species extinction, deforestation, climate change — we are playing and have been for two decades a rear-guard action. We are slowing the decline, perhaps, but not nearly enough. We don’t have a movement. We have a niche. It’s mostly mono-chromatic in culture, in political belief, and in socioeconomic status.

You can read the whole interview here.

H/T The Daily Caller

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