Рассеянные убийцы

Как вид, человек имеет самые большие проблемы самоконтроля. Мы, люди, сейчас настолько агрессивно ловим рыбу, охотимся, вырубаем леса и засеваем земли во всех частях мира, что мы буквально преследуем другие виды на планете. Наше пылкое желание взять все, что только можно от природы, оставляет слишком мало для других форм жизни.

В 1992 году, когда правительства мира впервые пообещали обратиться к проблеме глобального потепления, созданного человеком, они также взяли на себя обязательство предотвращать вымирание других видов, вызванное деятельностью человека. Конвенция о биологическом разнообразии, подписанная на саммите в Рио-де-Жанейро, гласит, что «биологическое разнообразие - это общая забота человечества». Подписавшиеся обязались сохранять биологическое разнообразие, спасая виды и их среду обитания, а также использовать биологические ресурсы (например, леса) более рационально. В 2002 г. подписавшие соглашение пошли дальше, взяв обязательство «значительно сократить потери биоразнообразия по сравнению с текущим уровнем» к 2010 году.

К сожалению, как многие другие международные соглашения, Конвенция о биологическом разнообразии остается, по существу, неизвестной, незащищенной и неосуществленной. Такое пренебрежение – трагедия человечества. За счет незначительных затрат, а, возможно, в результате и без затрат, мы могли бы сохранить природу и, таким образом, защитить источник нашей жизни и средства для ее обеспечения. Мы убиваем другие виды не потому, что вынуждены это делать, а из-за чрезмерной халатности.

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