Biodiversity is all the different species that make up a particular ecosystem. The services that you get out of an ecosystem are created by those living things. An example of an ecosystem service is the New York City water system. Each organism, and collectively all the organisms in a given species, represent a set of solutions to a set of biological challenges that can transform human existence. Extinction rates are really high, and even as new species come into existence, others are being lost. Thomas Lovejoy argues that we all have a natural fascination and affinity for other forms of life, so we should appreciate that and use it for a better end for humanity.
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