Tear-Gassing the Panda: Capitalism & Conservation


  • Ian Rappel


On Sunday, 22 May, 2022, the annual United Nations International Day for Biodiversity was marked by the usual ritual of news articles appearing across the mainstream media warning us that living nature, biodiversity, is in deep trouble. This year, nearly one-third of the 142,000 species monitored by the world’s leading conservation body, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), have been categorised as ‘endangered’ and therefore as ‘very likely to become extinct in the near future.’ If those figures are representative of the bigger picture, then it is entirely possible that one in three of our planet’s species are teetering on the brink of the extinction abyss.