Jay Cooney

The human ego causes many people to forget that we too are a species that is dependent on the biosphere and the delicate tapestry of life that it hosts. Our evolutionary heritage connects us to all inhabitants of the natural world, from the largest blue whales to the tiniest insects, and this is one of the most profound realities. How we treat the nonhuman animals with whom we interact and the wild places we enter into should be a celebration of kinship rather than an expression of misconceived dominion. Canisius Ambassadors for Conservation provides an opportunity to divorce from the anthropocentric status quo and think critically about our relationship with other animals. Our capacity for moral consideration broadened to other species should spark a light of hope, and we may conclude that if humankind has the ability to destroy nature then we can also be a vital part of its preservation.



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