The extinction reality we face can be scary...but there is are solutions! We just have to be willing to act. Our own Ben Price, a PA resident and the national organizing director for the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), is featured in this article about what we can do by David Levine.
By David Levine
The UN’s alarming report on declining biodiversity and accelerating extinction rates is making headlines and generating clicks and shares on social media. Based on “overwhelming evidence” from a “wide range of different fields of knowledge,” the report paints an “ominous picture,” says Sir Robert Watson, who chairs the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services that issued the report.
One million species are threatened with extinction, and the planetary ecosystem that supports human life is declining at unprecedented rates. “The health of ecosystems on which we and all other species depend is deteriorating more rapidly than ever,” Watson continues. “We are eroding the very foundations of our economies, livelihoods, food security, health and quality of life worldwide.”...
...Ben Price, national organizing director for the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) and author of the upcoming book How Wealth Rules the World: Saving Our Communities and Freedoms from the Dictatorship of Property, states that the most effective actions can be taken at the local level.
“It’s time for people to stop waiting for state and federal governments to protect the natural environment,” said Price. “Every community in the country should enact laws that recognize the inalienable rights of ecosystems to exist, flourish and naturally evolve, and the authority of the community to protect their natural habitats, free from preemption, and unharassed by claims of corporate rights.”
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