Monday, September 24, 2012 | Categories: Episodes
The Ethics of Conservation: Endangered Species - Species Survival Commission
If you've never heard of the Jamaican iguana, don't get too upset ... many Jamaicans have never heard or seen one either. But if you ever do see one, you can likely thank people like Byron Wilson. He's a conservation biologist at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica.. Thanks to his efforts, the rare iguana has a better chance of enjoying the island's climate.
Byron Wilson realizes there's no truce in the war to save rare species. Habitats are under attack and growing smaller. But he believes it's a battle worth fighting.
The Jamaican iguana is just one animal in a list released earlier this month of the world's 100 most endangered species. From the Sumatran rhino to the spoonbill sandpiper to the suicide palm -- all are considered to be on the brink of extinction.
To tell us more about the species list and the ethical issues the list raises, we were joined by Dr. Simon Stuart. He's the Chair of the Species Survival Commission at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, and we reached him at his office in Bath, England.
The Ethics of Conservation: Endangered Species - Panel
Last week, we asked renowned conservationist Jane Goodall for her thoughts on the question: Priceless or Worthless? If you missed our conversation with Jane Goodall, here it is.
Today, as part of our project Line in the Sand, we wanted to continue this discussion on the ethics of species conservation with our next two guests.
Peter Kareiva is the chief scientist with the Nature Conservancy. He was in Seattle, Washington. And Kerry Bowman is a bioethicist at the Centre for Environment at the University of Toronto, and the founder of the Canadian Ape Alliance. He was in our Toronto studio.
Last Word - Henry Champ RTNDA Speech
As you may have heard, Henry Champ, a longtime broadcast journalist who spent many years here at the CBC died yesterday. He was 75 years old.
Henry got his first reporting job at The Brandon Sun in 1960. He worked for CTV, for NBC ... he was one of the last Western journalists to leave Vietnam after the fall of Saigon. He reported from Latin America, Europe, China and Washington. And while he was in Washington he was a congressional reporter at NBC.
He was a man well-liked and well-respected by his friends and colleagues here at the CBC and elsewhere.
Henry Champ gets the last word today. We aired part of a speech he gave in 2009, when he got the RTNDA President's Award for lifetime achievement from the Association of Electronic Journalists.
Other segments from today's show: