forests, free-flowing rivers, living oceans and deserts and
the abundance of life they contain: all these, having evolved
over millions of years, are in danger of vanishing from the
world within decades. In the grips of an explosion of extinctions
that is unprecedented in history, we are now seeing the disappearance
of biological and habitat diversity across the globe as wild
lands and waters are desecrated and species are driven extinct.
same time-under the advance of a rapacious and homogenizing
global economy driven by human population growth and resource
consumption-traditional and smaller societies are being subsumed
and destroyed, and with their destruction linguistic and cultural
diversity are also in drastic decline.
the Center we believe that the health and vigor of human societies
and the integrity and wildness of the natural environment
are closely linked. Beyond their extraordinary intrinsic value,
animals and plants, in their distinctness and variety, offer
irreplaceable emotional and physical benefits to our lives
and play an integral part in culture. Their loss, which parallels
the loss of diversity within and among human civilizations,
impoverishes us beyond repair.
conservation biology with litigation, policy advocacy, and
an innovative strategic vision, the Center for Biological
Diversity is working to secure a future for animals and plants
hovering on the brink of extinction, for the wilderness they
need to survive, and by extension for the spiritual welfare
of generations to come.
us in the fight to keep the wild alive.