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4:30 p.m. Poet Merwin Says Humans Are Failing
W.S. Merwin, Maui resident and the nation’s poet laureate, told scientists and others working to protect Hawaii’s natural resources that they are doing work of “desperate importance” as species become extinct at a rapid rate:
“It’s irrevocable. You can’t put them back. You can’t say, ‘Whoops, sorry,’ and ‘I’ll fix that.’ You’re not ever going to fix it,” Merwin said while delivering the keynote address of this year’s Hawaii Conservation Conference.
Merwin said humans were failing not only other animals but themselves and the planet.