A Guide to Action
This postscript argues that choosing a course of action to address the environmental problems on Earth, such as climate change, is a design problem, rather than a search for the single “true” condition of nature. It outlines a number of excellent programs and projects to illustrate what we can and should do, including citizen science, clarification of crucial environmental issues, control of invasive species, and prevention of habitat destruction. It also discusses the importance of counting the number of species in efforts to improve the science of ecology and its associated sciences; the use of computer models to make forecasts about nature; how policies that result from environmental laws could be more effective today if they could take into account the non-steady-state character of nature; the future of nature; wilderness and biological diversity in the twenty-first century; and the destructive effects of cities on biodiversity. Finally, it stresses the need to change our way of thinking about nature by replacing our perception of nature as fixed structure with the perception of nature as dynamic systems.
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