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"Saving Humankind"

The following is a list of motives needed to be taken in order preserve humankind before the planet shakes us off like a bad case of the flees.

  1. Immediately salvage the world's hotspots which are those places at greatest risk and shelter the largest concentration of species found nowhere else. Specifically these places include the rainforests of Hawaii, the West Indies, Ecuador, Atlantic Brazil, West Africa, Madagascar, the Philippines, Indo-Burma, and India as well as the Mediterranean-climate scrublands of South Africa, southwestern Australia and southern California.

  2. Keep intact the five remaining frontier forests. These include the Amazon Basin and the Guianas; the Congo block of Central Africa; New Guinea, the temperate conifer forests of Canada and Alaska combined; and the temperate conifer forests of Russia, Finland and Scandinavia combined.

  3. Cease all logging of old growth forests everywhere. Value should be placed in forging international agreements such as the Montreal and Kyoto Protocols.

  4. Concentrate on lakes and river systems which are the most threatened eco systems of all.

  5. Define precisely the marine hotspots of the world. Most importantly are the coral reefs which have been effected by over harvesting, bleaching and poisoning. Some include the Maldives and parts of the Caribbean and Philippines.

  6.   In order to make this strategy cost effective completely map the worlds biological diversity. This means mapping out the 10% or more of undiscovered flowering plants, animals and micro-organisms.

  7. Produce a global conservation strategy that maps out the planets terrestrial, fresh water and marine ecosystems. This should include tropical forests and coral reefs, also deserts and arctic tundra's.

  8. Make conservation profitable. Raise the income of those who live near the reserve areas. Engage these people in ways to protect their surrounding. Demonstrate to developing countries that eco-tourism, bio-prospecting carbon credit trades of wild land can yield more income than logging and agriculture of the same land cleared and planted.

  9. Use biodiversity to produce new crops, livestock, cultivated food fish, farmed timber, pharmaceuticals, and bioremedial bacteria.

  10. Initiate restoration projects which restore themselves over time essentially paying for themselves.

  11. Increase the capacity of zoos and botanical gardens to breed endangered species.

  12. Support and produce population planning. Help guide humanity everywhere to a smaller biomass, lighter footstep upon earth and more secure and enjoyable future on the planet.

  13. Decrease the use of fossil fuels while increasing the use of natural fuels to include alcohol and or biodiesel as a potential stepping stone, and eventually using electricity as a main transportation infrastructure enabler.

Much of this strategy was taken from "The Future of Life" by Edward O. Wilson.


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