We have 20 years — at the very most — to prevent mass extinction


Text and Wildlife Photography ©Jim Robertson, 2013.
Photo @ Jim Robertson

7 thoughts on “We have 20 years — at the very most — to prevent mass extinction

  1. Sad that we can’t seem to control ourselves – the so-called most intelligent species on the planet. I can’t believe all I have witnessed in my lifetime. Good God. I hope we can turn this juggernaut around, but if we haven’t been able to do it for thousands of years, 20 seems overly optimistic. But I’ll certainly do my part.

    “Did you know researchers expect the ocean to be equal parts fish and plastic, by weight, as soon as 2050?”

    No, I didn’t know that. WHY can’t we even pick up or friggin’ trash???????

  2. oops, make that ‘why can’t we pick up our friggin’ trash. I usually bring some grocery bags and disposable gloves when I am out hiking so that if other people’s friggin’ trash become too unbearable, I’ll dispose of it for them. I’ve also taken part with others in beach cleanups to pick up bags and bags and bags of other people’s friggin’ trash and plastic. Of course, certain things remain untouchable even then. Ewwww! We are gross.

  3. Man Versus Aliens

    Man: The ugliest, most predatory creature in the universe (!?). Man is unique but not an apex predator with trophic effects, but a tool maker, without fang or claw, fur, feathers great strenth, speed, without his tools, a puny predatory creature, more of a disease of the Earth. We have movies about aliens and predators like Independence Day (movie) aliens. They are us. Impact of man: 38-40 million sharks a year, maybe more, for their fins, 1 in 3 species threatened or endangered, around 2 % true wilderness left in the continental USA! Genocide, sterilization of the earth, debating the last 1-2% for exploitation or not! For those of us who care we must be on the alert and take action over and over to protect wildlife refuges, wilderness areas, national forests and parks. Else, the march of civilization and its elements of development, recreational destruction destruction and harm of animals (I.e., hunting, trapping, bullfighting, rodeo, animal farming -aka ranching), and intrusion (euphemism is multiuse), extraction industries (oil, gas, coal, minerals, lumber), effects of global warming, those who do not care, who are indifferent, are anthropocentric thinkers (speciesism), have provincial rural attitudes and values reflecting the destructive elements, and human over population will destroy it all.

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature list percentages of threatened or endangered species (with lower and upper estimates) for each group are: cycads 63% (63-64%); amphibians 41% (30-56%); reef-forming corals 33% (27-44%); sharks & rays 33% (17-64%); freshwater crabs 31% (16-65%); conifers 30% (29-33%); mammals 25% (21-36%); groupers 17% (12-43%); birds 13% (12.5-13%); wrasses 5% (4-19%); lobsters <1% (0-35%). Half the worlds animals have disappeared in the past 40 years.

    A steady climb in greenhouse gases has been plotted and studied by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other organizations. Graphs show a sudden and continuing climb of greenhouse gases since the Industrial Revolution (late 1700’s). Greenhouse gases trap heat in the atmosphere warming the earth. Man’s activities and industry appear to be the major factors in global warming. Man and the Earth: See The Day The Earth Stood Still with Keanu Reeves, protecting the Earth from man. Yes, we need Acts like EPA, ESA, and all the conservation organizations we have to protect us against ourselves and the Tea Party and current set of republicans in the USA Congress and many red state legislatures. As well is needed is international humane to animals organizations and conservation organizations. The war on flora and fauna by civilization is on-going and embedded in cultures and psyche.

    Mass extinction


    As Trump denies climate change, scientists fear we're about to blow past the 2-degree red line from The Washington Post 09/29/2016 http://wpo.st/4nZ12



    e360 Digest – Yale Environment 360 – Yale University
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    Farmers adapt, union recognizes climate change effects Some farmers have turned to no-till machinery, replaced flood irrigation with sprinklers and drip systems, or invested in better insurance to adjust. But those options are expensive. greatfallstribune.com: http://gftrib.com/1IyG284

    Global warming is no fantasy, folks . Global warming is no fantasy. Check out this story on greatfallstribune.com: http://gftrib.com/1Gp2AD3
















    Movies: The Day The Earth Stood Still, Keanu Reeves

    The facts are stark: More than 20,000 African elephants were slaughtered last year alone. And rhino poaching rose by 9,000% in just eight years. NRDC 2016

    • I agree. Your list of our offenses is sadly correct and could be enlarged! Then I think about all the comments sections I read over the deaths of Cecil and Marius and Harambe. Some people were offended that “mere animals” should receive so much attention since only human beings were children of God with souls. Thus only their lives had value. Some of the responses were so blind and bone-headed that it make me fear for the earth and every other creature on it.

  4. The WWF and Zoological Society and other organizations such as the London Zoological Society outline the deadly effects of the Anthropocene on the rest of life on this planet.

    But like other similar articles, it refers to the compulsory but empty optimism that we can save ourselves and the planet with a call to stop or slow the destruction of the Anthropocene by “ditching fossil fuels,” protecting “more of the land and ocean on behalf of biodiversity,” and slowing the “spread of invasive species.”

    The major problem is never actually named: IT IS HUMAN OVERPOPULATION!

    Until we overcome the taboo of saying there are too many people on the planet and start calling for decreased growth, it will do little good to call for limiting fossil fuel use or protecting biodiversity or hoping for technological miracles that will increase crop production enough to feed both the burgeoning human population and the billions of unfortunate animals whose bodies will also feed the human hordes. The pressure of increasing human population will outpace proposed solutions and will continue to destroy the other lives who share this planet with us.

    Yes, we need to move beyond our demand for economic growth and resource extraction, as well as our obsession with the sanctity of human reproduction. We need to examine our longer history on this earth and the nature of our species itself.

    The following quotation is by Edward O. Wilson, eminent biologist and head of the Biodiversity Foundation:

    “The somber archeology of vanished species has taught us the following lessons:

    “The noble savage never existed.

    “Eden occupied was a slaughterhouse.

    “Paradise found is paradise lost.

    “Humanity has so far played the role of planetary killer, concerned only with its own short-term survival. We have cut much of the heart out of biodiversity. The conservation ethic, whether expressed as taboo, totemism, or science, has generally come too late and too little to save the most vulnerable life forms.”

    So while the Anthropocene is potentially destroying the planet and driving our fellow occupants to extinction through our quest for economic growth and our desire to reproduce, we need to consider where the source of our problems ultimately resides: In the simple wisdom of Pogo, “we have met the enemy and he is us.”

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