First Rule of Intelligent Meddling
- 31 May 06, 02:01 PM
Gabrielle and I have just come back from Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire (UK) to record the dawn chorus and hear about the ambitious expansion project of the National Trust to recreate "The Great Fen" of 300 years ago. This is a massive 100 year vision which we'll tell you about in another blog.
But we also picked up an interview from Bill Adams (Professor of Conservation Development, Cambridge University). We asked him the question - why bother to protect anything: Bill came up with the best quote ever on that one. Keep an eye on this entry because we're going to give you a taster of the dawn chorus for you to enjoy.
We asked Bill Adams why bother to try to conserve biodiversity and he quoted Aldo Leopold (one of the great conservationists of the 20th century). "The first rule of intelligent meddling is to keep the pieces". Isn't that brilliant. So when it comes to climate change and conservation BIl argued we should "keep as many pieces on the board as possible (and if that takes) nature reserves and new strategies for conserving landscapes, then fine!" He recognised that to many in the southern hemisphere conservation can be seen as a northern neo-colonial plot - And his work related to linking the know how and resources of the north to the people of the south. We're planning to go to Madagascar to report one of his projects for you.
Listen to the dawn chorus at Wicken Fen: