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1.7: Topics for Discussion
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- Is conservation biology substantially different in its approach from other fields of science, such as physics, chemistry, or medicine? If so, how? How is it linked to but different from environmentalism and social justice?
- Looking at the titles of Chapters 5–7, what do you think are the biggest threats to biodiversity near where you live? Explain your answers.
- There have been three broad conservation approaches throughout history: early models that secured natural resources for powerful people, fortress conservation, and integrated conservation. How do these approaches differ and how do they complement each other? How do you think each of these approaches can contribute to conservation today?
- Which statements about the ethical principles of conserving biodiversity in this chapter do you agree with? Which do you disagree with? Explain your answers.