Why protect nature?

These resources are for anyone who has had moments of doubt about why nature conservation is important, or moments of certainty which they couldn’t to communicate to anyone else.

Wildlife conservation faces many dilemmas: Are pandas a priority or pointless? Is it okay to kill rats to protect an endangered species? Is rewilding an exciting new strategy, or an excuse to neglect our duties? Are humans the enemies of nature, or the primary reason to protect it? My fascination with these difficult questions led me to write Tickets for the Ark, and the research changed my whole outlook on conservation. I no longer relied on vague musings, but instead had a philosophical framework to guide me.

Here is some of what I’ve learnt:

Artwork by Rebecca Nesbit