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.