Nature conservation is People Conservation

Why save the environment?

 

The Earth’s remaining forests are essential elements in global life-support systems on which all species, including humans, depend. Forests' essential functions include water-table retention while protecting against floods, binding soil by deep roots while enriching it through nutrient recycling and supporting great biodiversity from roots to canopy. 

 

The health of these forests is indicated by the food web they sustain. The apex of food webs for most of the forests of Asia is occupied by the tiger; in South America by jaguars; in Africa by lions etc. and all represent 'complete', healthy or whole ecosystems. Whilst exotic species might seem distant from our everyday needs, the healthy maintenance of remote ecosystems helps, via multiple global connections, to ensure the maintenance of local ecosystems and hence our future in terms of availability of clean air, fresh water and the viability of cultivation and animal husbandry. 

LifeForce holds the view that saving species from extinction is valid if, and only if, action is being taken to address all environmental problems i.e. there is little point saving a leaf on the top-most branch of a tree whilst the trunk is being sawn through.

***Annoucement***

 

For reasons given in the last LifeForce Report 2019 – 20 (see Annual Reports page) LifeForce is closing down after 25 years of trying to help with tiger conservation in particular and alleviating the environmental crisis in general. The good news is that, due to shared experiences on the ground in India, LifeForce can whole-heartedly recommend the Satpuda Foundation to further both causes and sincerely and urgently requests that you support their continuing work in India. Again, all relevant details are in the last report.

 

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