Note — Mar 13, 2022

Astonishingly Hyperconnected

“Climate change and biodiversity loss are inextricably linked problems that cannot be solved without science and policy that acknowledges this integration.” The author presents a good case for the entanglement of these two sides of the anthroposhitshow we find ourselves into and the need for “convergent research in ecology, evolutionary biology, geology, and paleontology to enable a deeper understanding of biodiversity dynamics.”

However, for me it’s one of those cases where my conclusion is that basically we (‘we’ humanity, but really, the west) should just retreat as much as possible, reduce our footprint on the planet, and not try to fix things or adapt them to us. Stop messing things up, we’re making it worse. Let’s make ourselves as small as possible and let the adult in the room (nature) clean up the broken bottles and puddles of vomit left by the party. I’m not saying don’t do anything, but let’s stop pretending we can fix things without changing our lifestyle.

Research shows that diverse natural systems tend to regenerate naturally and have higher resilience than engineered systems to disease, fire, and invasive species. Thus, effective strategies for reforestation and afforestation (establishing new planted areas) must take this biological knowledge into account. […]

More pragmatically, can the functional biodiversity produced by over 4 billion years of evolution—that is, biodiversity’s full range of benefits—be approximated by human technological efforts? The answer to this question lies in a comprehensive understanding of biocomplexity. […]

These collaborations must be grounded in an approach that recognizes the immense complexity of natural systems that have coevolved over deep time, as well as a multidimensional approach that looks beyond species to consider the full spectrum of the diversity of life on the planet—from genes to ecosystems.