Thoughts on well-being, sustainability and those things that constitute a good life beyond consumption.

Monday, October 1, 2012

What is the value of raptors?

I have been thinking a lot about birds lately, in part because of the impact that environmental changes may have on these creatures, in part because we are in the midst of fall migration, and in part, by a quote that I recently read:

"The legacy of Rachel Carson is that tens of millions of human lives – mostly children in poor, tropical countries – have been traded for the possibility of slightly improved fertility in raptors. This remains one of the monumental human tragedies of the last century."

You can find the reference in a blog post I wrote in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the publication of Silent Spring:

This quote has been haunting me and thus, I am reaching out to a broad audience to get a range of thoughts for an article I am thinking of writing:
Please post your thoughts on the question of what value raptors have in our world or in our lives.