U.S. Government Supports Monarch Butterfly and Invests 3.2 Million Dollars
Summary of the main ideas in the article.
The population of the Monarch butterfly has been drastically decreasing. In 1996, there were close to a billion butterflies and today, there are close to 30 million. The United States government has now decided to spend 3.2 million dollars saving the monarch butterfly and vying for its conservation. The three conservation companies receiving these donations are the Monarch Conservation Fund, National Fish and Wildlife Association, and the National Wildlife Federation. In terms of modern, industrialized agriculture, weed eradication helps produce efficiency in food production. However, these weed eradication efforts as well as the losses of prairies have destroyed the milkweed plant, the main source of sustenance for the Monarch butterfly. The main essential manner in which we can save these monarch butterflies is by replanting milkweed. The Fish and Wildlife Association states that it will support the farming of milkweed in areas around the country, specifically in Texas, Oklahoma, and the Rockies.
2. What exactly makes the event just?
Drawing from environmental ethics, we know that there are three types of values associated with objects: absolute value, intrinsic value, and instrumental value. The monarch butterfly serves no instrumental value to humans but the United States government has taken an active step towards recognizing its intrinsic value and looking to preserve that intrinsic value. This action is a just and qualified action as the United States government and people were able to recognize the harm that they caused and are looking to make amends. The solution to this issue was simply to plant more milkweeds. Thus, the solutions to saving endangered animals need not be as complicated as we would like to think. Moving forward, I would suggest that we all look to support these efforts and recognize that while these organisms may not have instrument value, they do have intrinsic value and add to the biodiversity on Earth.
Do you feel that this 3.2 million dollars is worth the cost? Or do you feel that it would be better spent helping the marginalized in our society such as those who are homeless, elderly, or are struggling with addiction? Why?
Lee, Jane J. "Imperiled Monarch Butterflies Get $3.2 Million From U.S. Government." National Geographic. National Geographic Society, 09 Feb. 2015. Web. 11 Feb. 2015.