It is clearly getting worse. The growing number of listed and candidates for listing is a clear indication. A lot of additional land use change around gas and oil exploration and extraction is exacerbating the problem. As is climate change. Tom Lovejoy
Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) May 17, 2012
The Endangered Species blog 'Endangered Earth Journal.com' is featuring an interview with conservation biologist Tom Lovejoy for Endangered Species Day which will be celebrated on Friday, May 18, 2012.
In the interview, Lovejoy's message is one of concern for those species in danger of extinction.
"Hundreds of thousands of species will perish, and this reduction of 10 to 20 percent of the earth's biota will occur in about half a human life span. This reduction of the biological diversity of the planet is the most basic issue of our time,” wrote Lovejoy in the forward to the 1980 book ‘Conservation Biology.’
And in his interview with Endangered Earth Journal.com, Lovejoy is clear he doesn’t think things are getting better.
“It is clearly getting worse," he says. "The growing number of species listed, and candidates for listing, is a clear indication. A lot of additional land use change around gas and oil exploration and extraction is exacerbating the problem. As is climate change."
Lovejoy, who was awarded the prestigious Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement in 2001, has spent his much of his life working on conservation issues.
He was Assistant Secretary and Counselor to the Secretary at the Smithsonian Institution, Science Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior, and Executive Vice President of the World Wildlife Fund–U.S. He conceived the idea for the Minimum Critical Size of Ecosystems project (a joint project between the Smithsonian and Brazil's INPA), originated the concept of debt-for-nature swaps and is the founder of the public television series Nature.
Lovejoy is not without hope for species on the verge of extinction and says there are positive signs for endangered species. But he says there are not enough of them.
"There are some success stories of species that have recovered or are on the way to recovery, but they aren’t keeping up with growing endangerment."
The author of the Endangered Earth Journal.com, Endangered Species Journalist Craig Kasnoff. says he is honored to have Tom Lovejoy talk about the plight of endangered species for the Endangered Earth Journal. Especially on Endangered Species Day.
"I've known Tom for over 20 years," says Kasnoff. "And during that time he has been a friend, a colleague and an inspiration. So I am very happy to have him be the first, of what I hope will be a series of interviews on the plight of endangered species, for the Endangered Earth Journal.com.
Kasnoff, like Lovejoy, is not new to the issue of conservation and endangered species.
As a freelance journalist Kasnoff’s writing has appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, The Seattle Times, and other regional and national publications. His early investigative environmental writing was recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists and the Fund for Investigative Journalism.
In radio, Kasnoff created the nationally syndicated show Rock and the Environment which, for almost 10 years, brought the voices of some of rock music's top musicians to the environmental arena. Musicians such as Paul McCartney of the Beatles, Chris Cornell of Soundgarden, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, Sting, members of REM, and Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, all participated in the Rock and the Environment radio show.
In 1996 Kasnoff launched Bagheera.com, his first endangered species website.
He has since created other endangered species websites including Tigers in Crisis, Endangered Earth, Endangered Earth News, Imagine Animals, a Tiger Journal and more.
You can find Tom Lovejoy’s complete interview at the Endangered Earth Journal.com.