Our planet is entering a new era: the so-called Anthropocene, where human activity has overwhelmingly and irreversibly altered the geology and ecosystems of our planet. Along with changing the atmosphere, earth, seas, and forests, this brave new world has a lot less wild animals.
In fact, it could spark the biggest mass extinction of wildlife since the dinosaurs.
The new “Living Planet Report” by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Zoological Society of London (ZSL) has revealed that global populations of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles are on course to decline by 67 percent by 2020, compared to 1970 levels. Wildlife populations have already declined by 58 percent between 1970 and 2012.
Long before the days of 24-hour convenience stores and online communication, we lived in harmony with nature. We knew that we belong to the circle of life, and that respect is what holds it all together. But now so many have totally lost this connection, and even the most basic understanding and appreciation of it.
Who are we to judge Nature, or worse, destroy it to literally clean our assess, and use it to join the rat race that eventually has no meaning and definitely no end? It’s not even strange that so many Natural disasters start to occur. Don’t you sometimes think that Nature is trying to protect herself from us? Innocent people don’t deserve Tsunamis and earthquakes, but the entire world globally is only trying to protect itself, and doesn’t choose where to hit. It is only trying to make equilibrium.
Native Americans knew this long time ago, and this quote describes it all: “When the last tree is cut down, the last fish eaten and the last stream poisoned, you will realize that you cannot eat money.”
Hopefully, we will truly open our eyes and start preserving this world – our one and only home.
Julia Roberts, through the worlds of nature, precisely describes the views over humankind.
Nature doesn’t really need us, humans. We need nature.
As nature falls, we fall. And yet, every day we destroy it for material purposes. It’s like cutting a small part of our fingers, on the long run, our whole hand!