“I used to think that top environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse and climate change. I thought that thirty years of good science could address these problems. I was wrong. The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed and apathy, and to deal with these we need a cultural and spiritual transformation. And we scientists don’t know how to do that.” – Gus Speth
Never has this quote felt more pertinent to me as it does currently while I follow the construction vs conservation debates surrounding both Proteadal in Krugersdorp, and the Rietfontein Nature Reserve in Paulshof.
I’ve chosen this quote and image specifically for World Rhino Day which takes place this weekend on Saturday 22nd September. Please support the conservation of our endangered Rhinos that are currently threatened by poaching.
David W. Orr is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics at Oberlin College and a James Marsh Professor at the University of Vermont. He is a well known environmentalist and is active in many areas of environmental studies, including environmental education and environmental design. Visit his website.