When it comes to the natural world, Australia is home to a
disproportionately large share of the world's riches. That means we
Australians are caretakers of a unique natural heritage in a land
which tolerates few mistakes. So how are we doing? In Quarterly
Essay 48 Tim Flannery says: we're often failing nature. In the
clash between money and conservation, money usually wins. State
governments have begun allowing mining and other incursions into
national parks. A new wave of extinctions is taking place.
Politically, conservationists and conservatives are at odds. But
why? Surely conservatives and conservationists should be able to
find common cause when it comes to preserving our natural heritage?
And given that we have never known more about how to protect
biodiversity, shouldn't it be possible to halt the march of
extinctions? This essay is both a wake-up call to the consequences
of unrestrained development, and an examination of the underlying
thinking - the view of the natural world that sees it as something
either to be put to use or traded off. By contrast, Flannery asks,
how might we best understand, conserve and co-exist with the
|Country of origin:
• Gideon Haigh
||Electronic book text - Windows
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