The Natural World - why should we care - On TODAY
- 13 Feb 07, 09:19 AM
Listen again to "The Conundrum of Biodiversity" - the 5th show in the series. 11.02 here on BBC Radio 4 FM & LW - or on demand here on this website.
What is so obvious is that many things we do as "just another species" on earth has a huge impact on our surroundings. The rate at which we are concreting the world around us, cultivating land, harvesting natural resources - pouring chemicals into the environment. Some of the biggest enviromnental questions of the day relate to what the long term effects of chemicals in the environment will be; how we arrest the loss of top soil around the world to the sea - And the environmental cost of economic development world-wide. Add to this the spectre of global warming and it appears the natural world on which we all depend is pretty stressed. In this programme we ask experts from around the world what is biodiversity and why we should bother with it. We discover that knowing more about the natural history of this earth points the way to solutions to combat the threats - And we hear that our own well being, our own survival, is bound irreversibly with the health of the natural world around us.
And brace your self for my next blog - Monastic life might have some very important things to say about how we conduct ourselves. Yes, monks are cool - And they arguably have something that is a beacon to us all. They certainly appreciate the value of the natural world......And they have something to say.