Saul: The environmental crisis is a moral challenge, not just a practical one

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By Graham Saul, Ottawa Citizen, November 20, 2018

The data on rising levels of toxic contamination, ecosystem destruction, species extinction and global warming is not just a collection of scientific facts. It’s an ethical indictment of human values.

Chemicals from industry and agriculture are polluting our waterways; grasslands, and wetlands are being converted into farms and urban areas at an alarming rate; and climate change is killing people and destroying and displacing communities. As a result, humanity is driving species to extinction at 1,000 to 10,000 times the pre-human or normal background rate. Dozens of species are becoming extinct every day.