Arthur Tansley

This essay is a contemporary account on conservational ecology and an investigation into how our idealistic, paradoxical and illusionary thinking of nature forms an ethical boundary. This boundary stops us from experimenting with new ways of interacting with nature.

Short excerpt:
“The purity of nature plays a monumental role in the decisions we make about conservation. Following from the conservational premise that nature should be preserved as it is now, naturalists believe that nature should be untouched by human influence. We have a desire for nature to stay pure and free from technological influence and human artifice. Yet we treat ourselves not as a natural species, but as a detached collective of organisms operating above nature. We treat ourselves with medicine, we live besides artificial machines, we even occasionally travel to space, outside the realms of our planet. On the other hand, we are part of nature. Through evolutionary paths, humans have evolved to intelligent beings who can shape resources from nature into technological artefacts. We treat ourselves as artifice. Conservation is specifically what stops us from thinking of nature as more artificial than it was before.”