Setting aside half the Earth for ‘rewilding’: the ethical dimension is written by William Lynn, Research Scientist in Ethics and Public Policy at Clark University, writing on The Conversation in August 2015 about E.O. Wilson’s next book expected for release in early 2016–Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life. William says cities must become “humanitats.”
As E.O. Wilson puts it “…humanity is simply one marvelous but no more special outcome of evolution; that other beings, species and/or ecosystems also have intrinsic value; and that there is no reason to automatically privilege us over the rest of life.”
“Humans are urbanizing like never before. Today, the majority of people live in cities, and by the end of the 21st century, over 90% of people will live in a metropolitan area. If we are to meet the compelling needs of human beings, we have to remake cities into sustainable and resilient “humanitats” that produce a good life.”
NewTerrain newsletter September 4, 2015.