|The white lines in the river are|
rotenone, a fish poison that was
applied to the Green River in 1962
|Robert Miller (L) and Jerry Smith|
(2nd from L) were some of the only
people who opposed the Green
In addition, I think the incredible emphasis that we currently place on conservation of species will one day seem hopelessly simplistic. (The same thing goes for biodiversity since, despite the best intentions, it is almost always quantified in terms of species.) Though it seemed a relatively well defined concept through most of the twentieth century, the very definition of “species” is once again generating some serious head-scratching in the biological community, just as it did for Darwin.
Finally, at risk of stating the obvious, let me declare that just because we're going to make mistakes is not an excuse for not taking action. Only a call for humility when we do.