News from the Natural World: Change your lives a little bit - new reasonable conservation is really not catching on at all with the human population.
News from the Natural World: Change your lives a little bit. New reasonable conservation is really not catching on at all with the human population.
Change your lives a little bit had become the slogan of the new realistic conservation movement in the western world. Its creators had attempted to move away from the environmental alarmism that plagued modern conservation narratives. It also evaded the hypocritical hyperbole of rich wealthy westerners telling the developing world how to live by offering bitesize practical solutions that individuals could implement themselves. It offered realistic and gradual improvements that everyone could make. In addition, it sought to include the centre-ground who needed persuading that (A) their quality of life needn’t worsen and (B) that the changes would benefit them in long run. Eat less meat, try Oat Milk, shop local and independent, recycle and volunteer to save your own local critically endangered animal. These bitesize suggestions were seen as a new reasonable frontier for conservation.
New Reasonable Conservation Not Catching On
However, these arguments really didn’t catch on. They weren’t tribal enough or divisive enough. The humans hated their sound and logical propositions which attempted to offer large-scale bi-partisan social shifts rather than trying to apportion blame to one group of society over another. In addition, human media hated these balanced arguments even more. For example, the reasonable conservation movement sought to unite Farmers & Landowners with Conservationists and ReWilders to offer practical and workable solutions for the preservation of nature. The media was absolutely livid, this wouldn’t make for a story, it wouldn’t generate clicks! Finally they immediately set about undermining both sides. Gradually all reason was lost until one side was shouting “Bring back the Mammoth” and the other was shouting “Nature exists only for profit!”. Tribal reductionism had evaporated all sense of logical discourse.
Change Your Lives a Little Bit
But why didn’t the new reasonable conservation movement catch up? And what is really behind the rise of apocalyptic environmentalism? Ultimately there are immensely powerful financial interests. There are desires for status and power. But most of all there is a desire among supposedly secular people for transcendence. This spiritual impulse can be natural and healthy. But in preaching fear without love, and guilt without redemption, the new religion is failing to satisfy our deepest psychological and existential needs.
So reasonable conservationism has failed for now. Change your lives a little bit has failed as a slogan and the movement is really not catching on at all with the human population.