Die Off – Harbinger of Things To Come

Scientists are claiming that we are on the verge of the 6th Great Extinction, but I beg to differ. We passed this ‘verge’ many years ago as evidenced by the mass die-offs and extinctions already recorded. What we are now witnessing all over the world is rapidly accelerating extinction events in the Earth’s biosphere.

If these other lifeforms can no longer survive here – due to starvation, temperature, drought, depredation or environmental toxins, then we can’t live here either. It’s a simple concept with one cause. We are just as dependent upon a healthy environment as they are. Since humans are the root cause of this extinction, it is up to humans to change, or face self-annihilation too.

I have a great sadness over what is unfolding. It’s really hard to witness the destruction of so much so quickly and in many, many instances, so incredibly thoroughly. There are now areas that are entirely unfit for life to exist for thousands upon thousands of years – poisoned by our chemicals, spills and toxins that we’ve released (or deliberately placed) into the environment. Meanwhile, what remains is becoming more crowded as the survivors fleeing these areas try to fit themselves into smaller and smaller habitats.

And you thought I was talking about the wildlife…

Well, I’m not, but then again, I am. Humans are having the same problems.

If you’re paying attention the European refugee problem – you get the idea. Predictions are now as high as 100,000,000 (100 million) people will flee the Middle East / African countries. Where will they go? What will they do? It’s very clear that the world has a rather gigantic problem unfolding – yet another cataclysmic catastrophe to add to the ever growing pile.

I’m reading Tecumseh, a huge authoritative book on the legendary warrior. Still have a long ways to go, but it’s a historical account of what happened to the First Nations when the ‘Big Knives’ invaded the land. Their story is EXACTLY like the story unfolding now on the rest of the biosphere. Killed, poisoned, starved, polluted and crowded out – they kept struggling for survival somewhere where it was still ‘allowed’, but often really wasn’t. It was just a matter of time before they were being killed off again, having their lands stolen and ‘converted’ for the new ‘civilization’ that was deemed so essential and necessary.

The Indian story is unbelievably tragic. It’s still being repeated around the world on the indigenous people. But there are exacting similarities to these events unfolding in the biosphere today – on all the rest of the citizens of this world, the non-human kind.

Readers will know that I have serious doubts about how this is all going to play out. The damage is incredibly extensive. The world only subscribes to a token nod when it comes to preserving or restoring what’s left. Meanwhile, species extinctions continues to escalate. This impoverishes the world in ways which we cannot even imagine and barely understand, but we do know this – if they cannot live, neither can we.

What happens when a keystone species is wiped out? What happens when deadly pathogens make it impossible for even the antelope to live?

I simply can’t accept the casual carelessness and indifference of the human species. The rose-tinted glasses we wear fails to distinguish that we’re presiding over nothing more then a neon-lit garbage dump leaching carcinogenic toxins into the water, soil and atmosphere. It’s not the smell of ‘success’ at all. It’s a wretched thing that we have done.

70 Percent of the World’s Saiga Antelopes Mysteriously Wiped Out

In pitiful animal die-offs across the globe — from antelopes to bees to seabirds — climate change may be culprit

Mass die-off of seabirds attributed to starvation, possibly related to climate change

In warming ocean, record number of seals and sea lions sicken and starve – ‘Their liver, their pancreas, their intestines are basically shut down, and they are eating themselves from the inside.’

Mass mortality of fish in the Guanabara bay, Brazil

Virginia Rivers At Risk of Coal Ash Dumping

Mangrove deforestation in Southeast Asia still remains substantial

Large and increasing methane emissions from lakes at high northern latitudes

There Is a New Climate Change Disaster Looming in Northern Canada

 

 

 

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6 thoughts on “Die Off – Harbinger of Things To Come

  • January 13, 2016 at 7:10 pm
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    I like you admin know these climate conferences accomplish nothing, just talk then its back to business as usual. All of the record fires around the world I’m sure added a good amount to that spike in CO2 levels for 2015. And then there is India who is going to increase dramatically its mining and burning of coal. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/18/world/coal-rush-in-india-could-tip-balance-on-climate-change.html?_r=0 “India’s development imperatives cannot be sacrificed at the altar of potential climate changes many years in the future,” India’s power minister, Piyush Goyal, said at a recent conference in New Delhi in response to a question. “The West will have to recognize we have the needs of the poor.”

    • January 13, 2016 at 7:17 pm
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      Try and listen to the second video link – Kevin Anderson absolutely nails it on how badly we are failing, what needs to be done and the planetary emergency we really have.

      He gets it – flat out states that we should not assume ANYTHING will work and instead, should be acting like nothing will work.

  • January 14, 2016 at 12:13 am
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    “They made a wasteland and called it prosperity.” ~ Tacitus

    • January 14, 2016 at 12:21 am
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      Eagles – The Last Resort

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hdx6oyBOVj0

      She came from Providence, the one in Rhode Island
      Where the old world shadows hang heavy in the air
      She packed her hopes and dreams like a refugee
      Just as her father came across the sea

      She heard about a place, people were smilin’
      They spoke about the red man’s way, how they loved the land
      And they came from everywhere to the Great Divide
      Seeking a place to stand or a place to hide

      Down in the crowded bars, out for a good time
      Can’t wait to tell you all what it’s like up there
      And they called it paradise, I don’t know why
      Somebody laid the mountains low while the town got high

      Then the chilly winds blew down, across the desert
      Through the canyons of the coast to the Malibu
      Where the pretty people play, hungry for power
      To light their neon way and give them things to do

      Some rich men came and raped the land, nobody caught ’em

      Put up a bunch of ugly boxes and Jesus, people bought ’em
      And they called it paradise, the place to be
      They watched the hazy sun sinking in the sea

      You can leave it all behind and sail to Lahaina
      Just like the missionaries did so many years ago
      They even brought a neon sign ‘Jesus is coming’
      Brought the white man’s burden down, brought the white man’s reign

      Who will provide the grand design, what is yours and what is mine?
      ‘Cause there is no more new frontier, we have got to make it here
      We satisfy our endless needs and justify our bloody deeds
      In the name of destiny and in the name of God

      And you can see them there on Sunday morning
      Stand up and sing about what it’s like up there
      They called it paradise, I don’t know why
      You call some place paradise, kiss it goodbye

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