Wildlife and Love's demands

With all the pressing needs facing humankind, preserving wildlife habitat sometimes feels like a second-tier problem. But there's a growing recognition that ensuring biodiversity should be a top priority, and not just because of its relation to maintaining the quality of life. At an interdisciplinary conference at Harvard University last autumn, philosophy professor Tu Weiming pointed to a deeper reason: "Anything we do to nature," he said, "reflects our inner self" (The Christian Science Monitor, Oct. 1, 1998, p. B3).

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