Image: “Beautiful vineyard” by Sasmit68 via wikimedia.org, CC BY-SA 4.0
Last week I raised the apparently-dumb but actually rather interesting question of why humans consider flowers to be beautiful. Today, another question about beauty, this time with (I’m afraid) really unfortunate consequences. Have you ever heard someone talk about how beautiful a vineyard is? Have you ever been that someone? An awful lot of us would answer “yes” to both questions – and that’s a real problem for conservation.
It isn’t just vineyards, of course, and I’ll get to my broader point, but first I should back up my claim that humans think vineyards are beautiful – and that we shouldn’t. Continue reading