Avoiding the fate of Troy: response to Arlettaz et al

Stephen Garnett, David Lindenmayer

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    We agree entirely with Arlettaz et al. [1] that we face an environmental crisis of extraordinary proportions. However, their analysis of how to respond perfectly illustrates our point. In particular, we would transpose their statement 'Although we agree that communication strategies must accommodate human psychology to succeed, we believe that neglecting or euphemizing the dramatic impact that humans have on the biosphere, just through fear of the Cassandra syndrome when addressing an inconvenient truth, is not an acceptable alternative discourse.' to 'Although acknowledging the dramatic impact humans exert on the biosphere, there is no acceptable alternative discourse; to adopting communication strategies that accommodate human psychology.'.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)380-380
    Number of pages1
    JournalTrends in Ecology and Evolution
    Issue number8
    Early online date3 May 2011
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2011


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