The Human Footprint and the Last of the Wild

The Human Footprint and the Last of the Wild Articles The Human Footprint and the Last of the Wild ERIC W. SANDERSON, MALANDING JAITEH, MARC A. LEVY, KENT H. REDFORD, ANTOINETTE V. WANNEBO, AND GILLIAN WOOLMER n Genesis, God blesses human beings and bids us to THE HUMAN FOOTPRINT IS A GLOBAL Itake dominion over the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, and every other living thing. We are entreated to be fruitful MAP OF HUMAN INFLUENCE ON THE and multiply, to fill the earth, and subdue it (Gen. 1:28). The bad news, and the good news, is that we have almost suc- LAND SURFACE, WHICH SUGGESTS THAT ceeded. There is little debate in scientific circles about the impor- HUMAN BEINGS ARE STEWARDS OF tance of human influence on ecosystems. According to sci- NATURE, WHETHER WE LIKE IT OR NOT entists’ reports, we appropriate over 40% of the net primary productivity (the green material) produced on Earth each year (Vitousek et al. 1986, Rojstaczer et al. 2001). We consume 35% this lack of appreciation may be due to scientists’ propensity of the productivity of the oceanic shelf (Pauly and Christensen to express themselves in terms like “appropriation of net pri- 1995), and we use 60% http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png BioScience Oxford University Press

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Oxford University Press
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© 2002 American Institute of Biological Sciences
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0006-3568
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1525-3244
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10.1641/0006-3568(2002)052[0891:THFATL]2.0.CO;2
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Articles The Human Footprint and the Last of the Wild ERIC W. SANDERSON, MALANDING JAITEH, MARC A. LEVY, KENT H. REDFORD, ANTOINETTE V. WANNEBO, AND GILLIAN WOOLMER n Genesis, God blesses human beings and bids us to THE HUMAN FOOTPRINT IS A GLOBAL Itake dominion over the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, and every other living thing. We are entreated to be fruitful MAP OF HUMAN INFLUENCE ON THE and multiply, to fill the earth, and subdue it (Gen. 1:28). The bad news, and the good news, is that we have almost suc- LAND SURFACE, WHICH SUGGESTS THAT ceeded. There is little debate in scientific circles about the impor- HUMAN BEINGS ARE STEWARDS OF tance of human influence on ecosystems. According to sci- NATURE, WHETHER WE LIKE IT OR NOT entists’ reports, we appropriate over 40% of the net primary productivity (the green material) produced on Earth each year (Vitousek et al. 1986, Rojstaczer et al. 2001). We consume 35% this lack of appreciation may be due to scientists’ propensity of the productivity of the oceanic shelf (Pauly and Christensen to express themselves in terms like “appropriation of net pri- 1995), and we use 60%

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BioScienceOxford University Press

Published: Oct 1, 2002

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