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Preservation vs Conservation

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So Earth Day has passed a while ago, but with a lot of people and businesses going green lately and having started to read Tony Juniper's book "What has Nature Ever Done For US? Does Money Really Grow On Trees?" I have really really been thinking about a lot about Mother Earth.  Mainly the growing debate of whether we as a society should preserve global resources or conserve them in a suistainable way?

Conservation is the way in which humans use natural resources for the benefit of economic utilization. Whereas, preservation suggests low human involvement of natural areas while still managing the development of natural processes and the number of species (plant or animal). 

I can understand a conservationist point-of-view whereby sustaining ecosystems can benefit many species from extinction in terms of predation or competition and help humans harvest an appropriate yield that can be managed over years.  However, I can see the preservationist point-of-view where natura…