What, exactly are our moral obligations to the sooty tern?. Some ruminations on our ethical responsibility to maintain a world that does not totally suck. The Sooty Tern. From the title of the talk, you may have guessed that the sooty tern, Onychoprion fuscata , is endangered. It isn’t.
What, exactly are our moral obligations to the sooty tern?
Some ruminations on our ethical responsibility to maintain a world that does not totally suck.
This species is cool and very endangeredIt is the San Bruno Elfin, Callophrys mossil bayensis, a butterflyendemic to a particular set of hills I used to play on as a kid.This particular butterfly hadn't been documented in the area for many years, bit was was rediscovered on a particular hill I used to visit, last May
The San Bruno elfin is part of an adaptive radiation of herbivorous insects that began 120 million years ago in the Cretaceous period, with the evolution of flowering plants.
It is part of a very old adaptive radiation that has played out over vast periods of time.
Part of that adaptive radiation took place in California, the place I grew up. As tectonic activity pushed the ocean floor up against North America, abundant coastal hills provided ideal conditions for speciation.
California harbors tremendous biodiversity, much of it endemic, most of the endemic biodiversity is threatened.
Nature centered (Holistic)
Science & technology
Peace of mind
… a sufficient justification for biodiversity conservation? …
Kuna delegate -4th World Wilderness Congress, 1987