Why do environmentalist, who tend to be progressive and fight against anti-immigrant policies in the political arena, suddenly embrace ‘anti-immigrant’ policies and vilify the ‘foreigner’ when it comes to animals and plants, so-called “invasive species”? Can you be a progressive and anti-racist, and at the same time be a genetic purist when it comes to the conservation of ‘natural’ populations? Invasive species and the threat of anthropogenic extinction rank amongst the most pressing ecological challenges of our time. But where exactly are the lines between ‘natural’ and ‘exotic’? And is ‘natural’ the same as ‘good’, is extinction always ‘bad’?
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Dr. Ron Grunwald is Senior Lecturer of Biology in Duke’s Department of Biology.
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