Nature on the run.
Since the Second World War we have been living through an ecological disaster. Something on this scale has only been witnessed two or three times in the whole three billion year history of life on this planet. The rate of species extinction is almost unbelievable. It took comet strikes and major volcanic activity to produce anything on a par with this.
The human population in 1927 was only 2 Billion.
In 1960 it rose to 3 Billion.
1974 – 4 Billion
1987 – 5 Billion
1999 – 6 Billion
2011 – 7 Billion
In my lifetime it has nearly tripled! All those people need food, water, space and goods. They clear wilderness, slaughter animals, produce waste and have dramatically changed the world.
We now live in the Anthropocene. The world of the apes called human beings. We have reached sufficient numbers that our impact is drastically changing the planet.
I wrote about my own witnessing of the destruction in my book Anthropocene Apocalypse.
I believe that we are at a crossroads. If we do not reduce our numbers and cease destroying the natural habitat we will destroy ourselves along with the majority of the animal kingdom.
It does not take a genius to recognise this. Global warming is not the most important issue – species extinction and the population explosion is.
In the last thirty five years invertebrate numbers (bees, worms, butterflies, and other insects and arthropods etc.) have declined by 45%.
These organisms are the food for other animals.
In the last 40 years vertebrate numbers have declined by a staggering 56%.
We have over-hunted, poached and destroyed habitat to such an extent that we are pushing all vertebrates towards extinction.
Tigers have decline from over 100,000 to under 3000.
100,000 elephants were killed by poachers last year alone. 64% of all elephants were killed in the last decade.
There are only 50 white rhino left.
Rhinos have suffered a 96% decline since 1970. In 1900 there were 500,000. In 1970 there were only 2,300.
What are we doing? Are we really blindly stumbling along, wiping all the animals out and thinking we can happily live without them?
We are part of a complex food web that has evolved over three billion years. We cannot live without our fellow creatures. We are inextricably linked. If we kill off the wild-life ultimately we kill off ourselves.
All this distresses me. I feel I could cry.
Are we so stupid?
Read about how I feel about all this in my book Anthropocene Apocalypse and then make your voice heard before it is too late.
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