Thursday, August 30, 2007

Together Again

People are more interested in reality TV than the real world, says Joanna Benn.
Joanna laments our obsession with celebrities and wonders what can be done.
-In case you don't know, the current rate of species extinction is at least 100-1,000 times higher than the expected natural rate.
-Still reading? Or are you toying with the idea of clicking on an entertainment story yet?
-How about this? In the time is takes you to read this article, one of our planet's unique species will have become extinct.
-Or this: by this time tomorrow, a further 150-200 will have disappeared forever. By this time next year? More than 50,000 species will have been consigned to history.
-Yes it is depressing, but it's also true. So, should we just slope off and watch "reality" TV or grab a glossy magazine because it's fun to have a nose around the homes of the rich and beautiful?
I have a suggestion which allows for both celebrity and nature conservancy.
Keeping celebrities and endangered species together will kill the proverbial two rare birds with one stone.
  • Endangered animals will see their standard of living rise when they are moved into the palatial mansions of the stars
  • MTV Cribs will be that much more interesting
  • Paparazzi will track the animals, saving researchers time. Instead of having to trek through dangerous jungles they just have to google Bono or Paris Hilton
  • Endangered animals will get much needed rehab time
BBC NEWS Time to tune in to the real world

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