Devouring The World

Wade Davis: Life without wild things

This is what humans do. Extinction is nothing new to our species as we prey upon all the other living things that exist (or existed) on this planet. But it does portray the real problem with climate change and our pathetic attempts at how me might solve this. We probably won’t. Because we cannot stop our voracious advance upon the natural world.

Long ago I wrote that we would devour our way down the food chain until there was literally nothing left. Davis makes that very point in his essay. Life without wild things ultimately means life ends for all of us, because when the environment dies, and is so depleted, so to will we also die. We are not disconnected from nature. But we constantly seem to think that what happens to the natural world has nothing to do with us. We could not be more wrong.

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