Sunday, October 17, 2010

The Ant & the Grasshopper

We are lousy stewards of the planet. We pollute, we take and we plunder and nature is beginning to fight back. If we don't change our ways, our hegemony on planet earth is over. BRT has talked about this quite often as climate change is the 900 lb. gorilla looming ever larger even though we continue to believe it's a hollow threat that "really doesn't matter" if we close our eyes and pretend it's not there,

Half the tropical forests in the world – the lungs of our ecosystems – are gone; by 2030, at the current rate of harvest, only 10% will be left standing. Ninety percent of the big fish in the sea are gone, victim to wanton predatory fishing practices. Says a prominent scientist studying their demise “there is no blue frontier left.” Half the world’s wetlands – the kidneys of our ecosystems – were destroyed in the 20th century. Species extinction is taking place at a rate one thousand times greater than before humans existed. According to a Smithsonian scientist, we are headed toward a “biodiversity deficit” in which species and ecosystems will be destroyed at a rate faster than Nature can create new ones.

When this is combined with James Lovelock's dark view, it may be too late to make a difference.

Humans are too stupid to prevent climate change from radically impacting on our lives over the coming decades. This is the stark conclusion of James Lovelock, the globally respected environmental thinker and independent scientist who developed the Gaia theory.

I, for one, hope he's wrong hut his take on a catastrophic event like the melting of the Antarctic ice sheet acting as wake up call is spot on.

World's largest ice sheet melting faster than expected: East Antarctic sheet shedding 57bn tonnes of ice a year and contributing to sea level rises, according to Nasa aerial survey.

The Ant & The Grasshopper sounds pretty apropos if you ask me.
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