Tenet No. 12 from A Conservationist Manifesto by Scott Russell Sanders

“Justice to other species requires us to preserve habitats where our fellow creatures may dwell. Through farming, fishing, hunting, and the harvesting of trees and other plants, we already use nearly half of Earth’s biological production. We have no right to claim so much, let alone more. Simple gratitude to other species for the nourishment, instruction, companionship and inspiration they have given us should be reason enough to fight for their survival. Concern for our own survival should lead us to protect the web of life by preserving a vast and robust range of habitats, from backyard gardens and schoolyard prairies to marine sanctuaries and deep wilderness.”

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