While it would be lovely to imagine that as a species we're capable of coherent and responsible behavior, it seems profoundly unlikely. The tiny feel-good actions taken by a few have virtually no impact on the rate of species extinction, and the time required to educate people and induce meaningful change is so great that by the time it's halfway close to being accomplished, the species have gone forever. In order to buy time for human behavior to improve, it would be necessary to impose meaningful costs on those whose actions are directly exterminating so much of what is left on the planet. Such action, however, would be regarded as unethical, "colonial" and a whole heap of other Politically Correct negative terms, which means that we will sadly witness the end of thousands more species over the coming years. All so we can chow down on things that harm us and buy things we discard after a single use.

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