Associate Professor, Georgetown University
When we lose a species, we risk a major—perhaps life-threatening—loss
Now, as a professor at Georgetown University, I have fewer opportunities to spend my hours in the woods. But I have come to appreciate nature in a wholly different guise. Teaching courses based on an understanding of complexity, I have learned that complex systems such as the economy, our cities, our brains, our cells, and YES, our environment, depend on diversity for their creativity and well-being.
When we lose a species, we risk a major—perhaps life-threatening—loss. I am very happy that our country has a strong law like the Endangered Species Act, which can do much to prevent continuing loses of diversity in our natural world.