Good news from marine scientists – the population of blue whales in Californian waters has recovered to pre whaling levels. The recovery of the population of these majestic animals is a poignant reminder that however bad things get for a species, it’s never too late to protect it and help a population to recover.
On a more historic note, this week saw the 100th anniversary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon. Not 100 years before it was probably the most numerous species of bird on the planet, with an estimated population of three to five billion. An equally poignant reminder that any species is potentially vulnerable.
For all our efforts, we are losing species at a rate unprecedented in human history. I sincerely hope that our emerging New Story puts more value on the variety and diversity of species than the Old Story. Whether or not one believes there is a moral imperative to safeguard species, every species we lose diminishes the richness, beauty and potential of the world we live in.