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BIOLISTS: A TOOL TO FASHION A LASTING FUTURE

Dr Cedric S Woods, 14 May, 2018

Forword:
    Continued existence of Life as we know it is threatened by environmental problems created by industrial activities as these reawaken the Human-caused sixth mass extinction event. Without redressing these dangers (as below - - -), our fragile Civilisation could be an early casualty. Then without science, further extinctions would imperil all Life for millions of years. Survival of Civilisation can best be assured by People urgently reconnecting with existing Nature - on her terms - with immediate improvements to most Peoples' lives.
    Purpose designed for Big, and grass-roots Conservation, BioLists is a radically new form of online tool. It offers all necessary (Linnaean) Taxonomy to give easy access to Nature's Names (classified scientific and linked vernacular) along with universally people-friendly data management options. BioLists' potential contains the means to align much of society's compelling interests [food, health, pleasure] into grass-roots Natural History.
    Already widely supported as far as (industrially) possible by 'Green' movements and education, and encouraged by the above anxieties, this interest now has the potential to go viral with global impact. If so, Nature can win by making fit-for-purpose the now relatively impotent Vital Sciences [new term: Natural History (observation), Taxonomy (communications), Ecology (analysis) and Conservation (action). These need to be drastically reformulated to be amenable to grass-roots use to assist Ecology and to implement local, species-level Conservation. Please use and promote BioLists to help create a survivable Anthropocene.


BIOLISTS: A TOOL TO FASHION A LASTING FUTURE

1)   NATURE needs Trees and Worms. It never needed People - until NOW!
2)   For ALL pre-industrial time, ALL resources for All Life came freely from NATURE. And now?
3)   NATURE, the most full-of-wonder show on Earth, is succumbing to species' extinctions.
4)   We're well into the sixth Mass Extinction Event [6MEE]: The first five were accidents.
5)   Not this one - it's 'OURS'! The main causes - Industrial systems, Ecocide and ($)Growth.
6)   Each species extinction can trigger a cascade of others. Loss begets loss. Think of Bees.
7)   NATURE IS HELPLESS TO REVERSE KEY EXTINCTIONS. People must stop causing them.
8)   Here's how:
9)   To RECONNECT with NATURE: OBSERVE local species; UNDERSTAND their ways; TALK!
10)   'Greenies' must RE-INVENT and RE-PURPOSE the VITAL SCIENCES [new term]. These are:-
11)   NATURAL HISTORY (for observations), TAXONOMY (for communications), ECOLOGY (for species-level analysis), and CONSERVATION (for action). - - - ALL FOUR - OR NOTHING!
12)   Sound Conservation is scarce because SCIENTISTS CAN NEVER GET ENOUGH FIELD DATA.
13)   THUS - THE FOUR MOST VITAL SCIENCES ARE EFFECTIVELY IMPOTENT TO HELP NATURE.
14)   Pity then, the vast numbers of thinking People looking for LEADERSHIP for Conservation.
15)   STABILITY is needed + PEACE, ELECTRICITY and GOOD SCIENCE; ie sensible CIVILISATION.
16)   To remember and talk about Nature meaningfully needs NAMES for many local species.
17)   We must use all Nature's NAMES - SCIENTIFIC, plus any and all in VERNACULAR languages.
18)   Then, GRASS-ROOTS TEAMS can send all necessary field data to ecologists for ANALYSIS.
19)   Really? Species-level What?
20)   At www.BioLists.com find Nature's NAMES. Manage them in scientifically classified lists.
21)   BioLists makes "biolists" - biodiversity checklists - species names + user's notes for each.
22)   (With BioLists, and using Common Names, you can accurately list 600 random species/hr.)
23)   BioLists provides and manages all necessary Taxonomy in a fixed, standardised format.
24)   You 'just' make biolists (of ecologically compatible species) within time-series; add notes.
25)   BioLists data management is easy with total Taxonomic compatibility (in any time series).
26)   a: Ecologists design (global) BIODIVERSITY SURVEYS and define the species/data needed.
27)   b: Pre-planned analysis strategies are matched with email requests for specified BioLists.
28)   c: BioLists, returned by grass-roots teams, are used to devise Conservation strategies.
29)   d: These same grass-roots teams can then apply these Conservation strategies locally.

30)   Using BioLists, E-mail and Excel, LARGE surveys can get big RESULTS in a matter of DAYS.
31)   The Key
32)   Local, species-level Conservation is key to helping heal Nature - here; there; everywhere!
33)   Awareness and knowledge of Nature will transform attitudes towards society's problems.
34)   Happening virally with global impact, these new attitudes just might slow the extinctions.
35)   With good luck in this, civilisation might similarly learn ways to usefully transform itself.
36)   A new era focused of Natural History should reveal to us many aspects of sustainability.
37)   Eg: Nature is fundamentally COOPERATIVE: that's the way Nature evolves ECOSYSTEMS.
38)   Let's become part of Nature. There can be no other way.
39)   BioLists is a new tool, already fully functional. Please try it. To fight the 6MEE, it needs:
40)   -- a BIOLISTS MANAGEMENT TEAM plus provisional co-ordinators and team leaders:-
41)   -- data miners (librarians > biologists) to continue building BioLists' database series.
42)   -- regional teams to liaise with grass-roots data collectors, schools, the Press, etc.
43)   Care to volunteer?

Initial contact: drcedric@gmail.com -|- See www.BioLists.com for updates.
Coming ASAP: Notes concerning key points; References. Cedric Woods, 14 May, 2018


Stop Press: Study finds alarming decline in biodiversity worldwide. http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/14/biod-m14.html These findings are not new, only confirming and re-emphasising the critical urgency of the situation. Previous studies have painted a similar picture (see: "Scientists warn of 'biological annihilation' as Earth's mass extinction accelerates"). While the IPBES study documents the growing danger posed by the rapid and accelerating global decline in biodiversity, it presents only general notions as to what might be done to halt the process and avert catastrophe, without any mechanisms for implementation aside from the good will of business and political leaders. As with other such studies, the researchers can only lament the complete inadequacy of response to their dire warnings so far. Robert Watson, the chair of the IPBES, stated, "The time for action was yesterday or the day before. Governments recognise we have a problem. Now we need action, but unfortunately the action we have now is not at the level we need." The study, composed of multiple reports by over 550 researchers, was conducted by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

About IPBES

IPBES is the intergovernmental body which assesses the state of biodiversity and of the ecosystem services it provides to society, in response to requests from decision makers. IPBES is placed under the auspices of four United Nations entities: UNEP, UNESCO, FAO and UNDP and administered by UNEP.