Attack of the Mutant Pupfish

Hillary Rosner, writing for Wired:

Whether or not you care about pupfish, this plan represents a major philosophical change in how we think about our relationship with nature—because it doesn’t end with the pupfish. It ends with us becoming architects, engineers, and contractors for entire ecosystems. The old approach involved fencing off swaths of wilderness and stepping aside. In the new order, we’d be the stewards not just of land or wildlife but of individual chromosomes.

For millennia, we’ve wanted to control nature. Well, now we do. Welcome to the future. It’s going to be a lot more work than we imagined.

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  1. Many indigenous cultures (the ones I know best are the Coast Salish peoples) had strong stewardship pathways in their culture.

    Yes, it is a lot of work, and generations of work. And we have to see the integration of nature as being everywhere for it to have a chance of succeeding.