Saving Biodiversity Key To Our Survival, Too

“Bird maker, bush maker, tree maker, water maker, animal maker, people maker.” This was the response of Chris, an elementary school student, when he was asked to name 25 jobs of the future. He had chosen jobs that had more to do with survival than with professional fulfillment. His response created a grim vision that many young people today see as their world of tomorrow. Many young people are frightened by the encroaching threats to the physical world that they see around them. They know we are losing precious plants, animals, and natural areas day by day. Their responses tend to have a kind of hopelessness about them. But some students are activating. They are establishing environmental clubs in their high schools, and college students are focusing their energies on environmental issues in local and national elections. Just like their…