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Can we prevent the extinction of species?

Enviroment

ASK any class of schoolchildren who are steeped in knowledge and experience of the natural world, who have been on many field trips to the forests and the sea, and have seen numerous documentaries on wildlife and the challenges and harm being done to our planet, what they want to do or be when they grow up? Many will cry out, “To guard the animals,” “to protect the forest,” “to care for the planet.”

We see and admire and ought to join the thousands of school children like Greta Thunberg marching for climate justice and protection of the natural world. When climate activists call out “save the panda” or “save the elephant,” they are in fact saying, “save the planet.” That is because all life on Earth is threatened by the mighty force of climate change, the rapid charge toward the extinction of species as a result of human activity, over-population and the insane “conquest of nature” desire among humans. The world’s population is projected to reach 8 billion on Nov. 15, 2022. In 2030, it will be 9.7 billion. In 2050, it will be 10.4 billion people, all putting greater demand on the planet’s resources.

The planet has warmed up by 1.2 degrees Celsius in the past 150 years or so, which cannot be ignored since our stocks of freshwater fish has declined by 83 percent overall and the oceans have warmed up three years in a row since 2021. Many fish species can’t survive. We are killing off our food supply by warming the planet and over-fishing. Eventually, all could be gone. This and more disturbing revelations according to a new shocking report by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) for Nature backed by 89 specialists and scientists.

We cannot deny the truth of science any longer and not take the global action that the children and environmentalists call for. The UN should sequester huge areas of ocean as non-fishing areas since only 15 percent of ocean is protected at present. Ocean levels are rising fast as the polar ice caps are melting quicker than first predicted. Rising ocean levels will quickly inundate low-lying coastal areas as they now cover large parts of South Pacific islands.

Coastal Philippine towns and cities, including Manila, will be threatened by drastic year-round floods by 2030 or sooner, making parts of Manila a new Venice by 2050. Property values will plunge and investing in gondolas will be a good move. The children see and learn faster about the danger to the flowers and insects, the plants and trees, the animals, fish and creatures of all kinds. They learn how beneficial, wonderful, beautiful and important the creatures and plants are to each other, supporting and helping each to survive and thrive. It’s a wonderful world that we must understand and cherish as children do, before it is gone.

The humming bird with its long, pointed beak can only get the nectar deep in the special trumpet-shaped flower of the orchid. Its sweet nectar is tasty to the hummingbird only, not to bees. The bird, when drinking the nectar, is coated with male pollen and carries it to the next flower and pollination takes place. Many species have similar cooperation. They have mysteriously co-evolved or co-adapted with each other for mutual peaceful survival. What a wonderful world we live in that is now fast disappearing.

If only the human species would have a similar relationship with the natural world and each other and realize that humans need to respect all living things and live in harmony and recognize their mutual dependence. We don’t, we just destroy it with more construction, cutting forests, making plantations, building more dams and coal-fired power plants.

Unlike adults, many children have learned the truth about our natural world. They see that it is under grave threat from climate change and that thousands of species are near extinction. Humans pollute the atmosphere with carbon dioxide by burning coal and fossil fuels and this in turn is devastating all species. It is disastrous to the planet, causing severe changes in rainfall in many places like Somalia and Sudan. Millions of impoverished people, women and children, have nothing to eat and are facing famine and death as a result of drought as you read this. The climate change caused by burning fossil fuels non-stop is killing people, too.

So, why have we humans lost our love for the wonders of nature, the flowers, trees and animals? We ignore our dependence on nature and continue to destroy it without concern but for the cries of child campaigners and adult advocates fighting for a clean planet and to restore the climate balance? The truth cannot be ignored. We have to act to change our dependence on fossil fuels and turn to more renewable sources of energy to stop global warming. As a result, the world’s wildlife populations dropped to an all-time low by an average of 69 percent between 1970 and 2018, the WWF reported.

Populations of almost every animal on earth, except rats, ants and cockroaches, have collapsed. Humans are capable of great achievements and if they set out to save the world’s species of animals, they can if it is not too late. There have been successes: tigers with protection have increased in number and the population of the lovable panda has also increased by 20 percent, thanks to conservation. Wild brown bears, boars, wolves and white-tailed eagles are increasing in number in Europe but are far fewer than 60 years ago.

In the Philippines, conservationists are doing great work in trying to preserve the ecosystem against loggers and destructive mining that destroys the remaining scraps of forest that are home to remaining Philippine wildlife. There is great biodiversity here but many species are endangered and need protection such as the Philippine eagle and crocodile, Walden’s hornbill, the Visayan warty pig, the tarsier, forest turtles, rare Negros pidgins and other animals, all near extinction. Corporations should adopt more of these birds and animals and support their survival through environmental and conservation groups.

We all should be protecting nature and campaigning to urge the government to turn to wind farms, solar power and geothermal sources of electrical power generation and end coal-fired power plants and never consider nuclear power. President Marcos could be the savior of the Philippine environment and biodiversity if he did change the Philippines to 90 percent renewable energy sourcing. He must be strong-minded and never fall under the control of cronies and industrialists who are out to influence and bribe the government to enrich themselves.

The natural world, a balanced climate, its environment of trees, rivers, lakes and oceans, is all we have to sustain human life. Protecting it and all life is our claim to being a civilized, cultured people respecting rights. We can win against evil by sharing this planet with all species, showing dignity and love to all life forms. Positive action is what we need to save the planet and its biodiversity before the greedy and powerful people without conscience or concern extinguish and destroy it.

www.preda.org

The Manila Times



6 Comments on "Can we prevent the extinction of species?"

  1. makati1 on Sun, 23rd Oct 2022 3:22 am 

    Short answer: NO! But, we can hurry the process with nukes. Human greed triumphs all. It is ALL about money these days.

  2. Dredd on Mon, 24th Oct 2022 10:02 am 

    Toxo will outlast Keith Richards (On The Origin Of The Home Of COVID-19 – 34).

  3. elite darkie supertard is arguing for jury nullification and jurisdiction on Tue, 25th Oct 2022 8:38 pm 

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  4. FamousDrScanlon on Thu, 27th Oct 2022 1:16 pm 

    “Heatwaves, droughts, wildfires, and floods. Summer 2022 will certainly be remembered for the countless extreme weather events that have brought about destruction, claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, and displaced millions worldwide. But what’s behind all these devastating events? We recap all the records broken over the summer and take a look at the role that climate change played in all this.”

    There is no doubt that summer 2022 will be one for the record books, featuring one climate catastrophe after another.

    Sweltering weather, exceptionally intense wildfires, and cataclysmic floods: we have spent the last few months watching in disbelief as calamity after calamity unfolded in every corner of the world, causing unimaginable damage, claiming thousands of lives, and displacing millions of people.

    What led us here, how did these disasters unfold and what role does climate change play in all this?

    Summer 2022: A Recap

    So many extreme record events have broken records in recent months that it is hard to list them all.

    https://earth.org/extreme-weather-events-2022/

  5. FamousDrScanlon on Thu, 27th Oct 2022 2:30 pm 

    I doubt we will prevent human extinction.
    Hell, we could all fry & get radiated to extinction if that US death cult war mongering left tribe gets their way.

    And these progressive war pigs tolerate no dissent – not one iota.

    Look how they mob & tear apart one of their own for reasonably suggesting peace negotiations.

    Pramila Jayapal’s disastrous Ukraine letter: ‘What were they thinking?’

    “He was in Kyiv on Monday night when he learned of U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal’s now walked-back controversial letter urging President Joe Biden to negotiate directly with Russia to bring an end to the war in Ukraine.

    “It was shocking to me. I couldn’t believe when I read that letter. Honestly, I never expected something like that from Democrats, especially from Jayapal,” said Oleg Pynda, executive director of the Ukrainian Community Center of Washington, based in Seattle.”

    https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/pramila-jayapals-disastrous-ukraine-letter-what-were-they-thinking/

    Peace with Putin/Russia? The horror! The horror!

    Fuck all you US left-wing phony cunts. And spoiled brats.

    Trump derangement syndrome merely exposed what was already there. Infants. Big fucking babies demanding the world do your bidding.

    Just look at them. Who would have thought the so called best and brightest your country produces are nothing but overly emotionally babies? All those left wing Phd’s falling for Russia gate and falling for the CIA & State Depts latest regime change and proxy war in Ukraine.

    Woke war pigs. I totally hope Trump wins in 2024. Perhaps that will be enough to distract all you fake progressives of pushing the entire world into nuclear war to appease your fragile psyches.

    As distasteful as I find hardcore racism and other primitive beliefs, when the shit hits the fan I’ll be working with team right.

    Most fascinating thing about the Ukraine war is the sheer number of top strategic thinkers who warned for years that it was coming if we continued down the same path.

    No-one listened to them and here we are.

    Small compilation of these warnings, from Kissinger to Mearsheimer.

    The first one is George Kennan, arguably America’s greatest ever foreign policy strategist, the architect of the U.S. cold war strategy.

    As soon as 1998 he warned that NATO expansion was a “tragic mistake” that ought to ultimately provoke a “bad reaction from Russia”.

    https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1498491107902062592.html

  6. elite darkie supertard is arguing for jury nullification and jurisdiction elite darkie supertard is convicted of all counts of killing elite whitey supertards on Thu, 27th Oct 2022 8:31 pm 

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