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Messages from IslandsA Global Biodiversity Tour$
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Ilkka Hanski

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226406305

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226406589.001.0001

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(p.221) Epilogue
Messages from Islands

Ilkka Hanski

University of Chicago Press

This epilogue reflects on microbial life and its importance to the future biodiversity on Earth by citing experiences in Haminanluoto and Gunung Mulu. The epilogue comments on the changing world in which we live and argues that most people, including politicians and decision makers, are well aware that there are problems, but their solutions— often based on religious beliefs about afterlife or the expectation that science and technology will always come to our rescue—are not realistic. The chapter statest that we are trapped by ideology, the belief that there is no alternative to a global market economy, and suggests that in reality, there is litte cause for optimism as long as the present economic and political orders prevail. We lack political leadership that would address the root problem, destructive competition among individuals, groups of individuals, companies, and organizations, and among nations.

Keywords:   microbial life, biodiversity, Haminanluoto, Gunung Mulu, science and technology, ideology, market economy, political leadership, competition

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