Nov. 27th, 2014

Devastated

Nov. 27th, 2014 07:07 am
jennygordon: (Froud)
I read a particular piece of news a couple of months back, and find myself returning to it over and again. It rips at my heart and makes my soul ache.

In the last 40 years, the world has lost half of its wildlife.

Simply typing those words makes me hurt.

In the last 40 years.

That's in my lifetime.

In my lifetime, we have lost half of the world's wildlife, to either devastating depletion, or outright extinction.

On telly the other night there was a documentary about how a wonderfully-preserved mammoth has been discovered in Siberia. Apparently, scientists are hopeful it may lead to successful cloning. The recent news has been full of reports of a revolutionary space probe landing on an asteroid; it's amazing, we're told, and I'm sure it is. Season after season, year after year (most recently with the terrible snowstorms in the US), we hear of 'unseasonal' this and 'record-breaking' that when it comes to extremes of the weather.

I keep wondering why we, as a race, are so intent on bringing back a species that died out for perfectly natural reasons (climate change that wasn't manmade), and on exploring the vast 'out there', instead of using our energies, resources and intellect to protect and save what's left of our beautiful world. Have we really written off the Earth already?

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