A slower kind of bang

Steve Jones

  • The Diversity of Life by Edward O. Wilson
    Allen Lane, 424 pp, £22.50, February 1993, ISBN 0 7139 9094 5

I have a friend, a fellow biologist, who lives in California. He once wrote (only half-jokingly) to the Sierra Club suggesting that to reach their conservationist goal they should change their rules. The first statute ought to oblige all members of the club never to go into the wilderness again, and to devote their time to persuading as many other people as possible to stay at home. By so doing they would preserve nature more effectively than could any conceivable Green initiative.

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