Holly J.K. Clermont, Ann Dale, Leslie King, Maureen G. Reed, Appreciating Values Diversity in Environment versus Economy Conflicts, The Solutions Journal, Volume 9, Issue 4, October 2018, (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/appreciating-values-diversity-environment-versus-economy-conflicts/) Abstract: Many have endeavored to guide us towards a gentler relationship with the environment, to live within our ecological means, and treasure the breadth of life on Earth. Biodiversity has been described as a precious genetic library,1 the common heritage of mankind,2 and living or natural capital.3 American systems scientist Donella Meadows once said that allowing a species to go extinct is a crime akin to randomly eliminating libraries, labs, and universities.4 It shrinks the potential for ecosystems to evolve, and reduces resilience - the ability to rebound from perturbations and shocks.5 Today, we need the evolutionary potential and the resilience biodiversity confers more than ever. While climate change multiplies threats to biodiversity6, ecosystems with a full range of natural biodiversity have more adaptive capacity.7,8 For example, when one species has been stressed or otherwise impacted by warming or battered by storm damage, others may fill its role.8 Yet increasingly, … Topics: