Amazon Biodiversity Center founder Dr. Thomas Lovejoy explains how the fate of biological diversity and humanity are inextricably linked, and why we would do well to address the sixth wave of global extinction for the sake of mankind: https://www.theguardian.com/the-gef-partner-zone/2016/aug/25/crossing-the-living-boundary
Dr. Thomas Lovejoy gave a presentation at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies in 2016. It is a brief history of exploration, science, and biological diversity in the Amazon Rainforest from European contact to the present day climate challenge. His talk lays out a simple story about the challenges and opportunities embedded in human's relationship with tropical rainforests. Watch the presentation here.