Lemurs Have Ecologists But Need Economists
|February 27, 2014||Posted by Staff under Environmental|
This 2014 excerpt of Guardian LV, Feb 22, is by Allison Longstreet.
The African island of Madagascar is the only place where lemurs live in the wild, but possibly not for too much longer; the lemur’s extinction risk rate is at a deadly high.
One of the primary causes is the destruction of their natural habitat by farmers and developers, who illegally use slash-and-burn farming methods to harvest plants, as well as the excessive harvesting of rosewood and ebony trees, which ruins the lemur’s natural habitat.
Also, due to political strife on the African island, many citizens have become burdened with poverty and have turned to hunting these primates as a source of nutrition.
To protect the lemurs, scientists hope to raise money through eco-tourism.
From tourists some citizens earn a better living wage, thus protecting the lemurs from hunters.
Ed. Notes: It’s not that humans want to drive other species to extinction. It’s that their economies don’t provide what the humans need, so out of desperation they deplete their resources, including living ones. If economies granted people access to what they need, they’d not resort to exhausting cute parts of their ecosystem. Once again, economic justice is key, specifically, sharing Earth by sharing her worth, the central feature of geonomics.