Washington University Students for International Collaboration on the Environment

Biological Development–Take 2.

Karen Mok, WUSICE China Liaison

The relationship between economic development and biological and natural conservation is one of the fresher ideas I’ve come across recently.

But in this “relationship,” no specific times for a date have been set, so who knows if it’ll be long-term?

But I sincerely hope not. I’m going off the inspiration I got from this quote:

“Our answer is clear: successful conservation of our natural resources, our ecosystems, and our biodiversity is central to addressing all development challenges and to improving the lives of the poor.

Biological resources provide livelihoods, sustenance, medicines, trade, tourism, industry, and more. Forests, grasslands, lakes, oceans, deserts, and other natural ecosystems provide a range of natural services that people have often taken for granted, even though they are vital to human welfare.

I would add one more consideration: each of us – all of us – are stewards of other life on this planet. We should respect those lives.

As a practical matter, we need to demonstrate the connections among overcoming poverty, sustainable economic growth, and the preservation of the planet’s rich natural heritage.”

POWERFUL rhetoric, yes. It’s up to us to change this rhetoric to reality.

From the article : “World Bank Pushes to Include Ecology in Accounting”

http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/10/28/world-bank-pushes-to-include-ecology-in-accounting/

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