Ever been at different places simultaneously ?
Ever traveled emotionally ?
Ever had a thought “I wish I were there” ?
Well today is such a day where I am dealing with an implacable hatred towards myself which is on multiple faces of humanity.
For starters, our beautiful Mother Earth faced five mass extinctions from Ordovician to K-T extinction (one where dinosaurs were eliminated) which was mostly due to the climate changes or shall I say massive increase of carbon dioxide in atmosphere.
Anthropocene is going to be the cause of sixth mass extinction on this planet and there will probably even be no fossil records. Yes, it is such a malign truth but this is not where the egregious genesis ends. The irony lies in humanity’s prescience.
What are we, a rube ? Let’s find out :
Sharks predate dinosaurs. They survived four mass extinction events and in this one generation that I have been alive, they cut down their ranks by 90%. The demand of shark fins for shark fin soup in China resulted in catching 250,000 sharks every single day. Sometimes they cut the fins and lay the shark in the ocean (above image).
This is a facility in China that has a scale which is out of control. This image was leaked along with the one from the first image which led to the reduction of hunting sharks by 70% because people didn’t consume it. But are sharks really safe?
The human eye is so limited. We only see a tiny little sliver of the electromagnetic spectrum. It’s like you own a WiFi network but you can surf only one website. Our eye is invisible to the carbon dioxide and methane and we are contributing so much in increasing these greenhouse gases that we are changing the geology of the planet and the chemistry of the oceans.
Climates are controlled by the oceans and they are changing now. The massive amount of carbon dioxide reacts with the oceans which forms carbonic acid. Thus results in vanishing of the creatures and has led to the reduction of phytoplankton by 40% which produces majority of oxygen. The spike of carbon dioxide now is on a very large scale than any of the five mass extinctions.
Converting the natural habitat into land for food. Cattle produce a byproduct of methane as breaking down grass. A cow can fill a 55 gallon garbage bag full of methane in a single day and there are around 1.5 billion cows. If we reduce the consumption of milk and meat, we can reduce the methane emissions. Consume more plants.
The largest mass extinction that occurred in Permian extinction is methane. The Arctic’s getting warmer and all the methane that is locked is starting to come out. The only way to tackle the methane problem is reducing the emission of carbon dioxide because that is warming the arctic.
With carbon dioxide, when ocean starts dying all the function of environment changes and life eventually fails.
These are only few instances of what’s happening around to cause a mass extinction. Affecting the endangered species on any front imbalances the nature and we are all moving one step closer towards it.
Life wants to flourish and DNA wants to go forward. Why would we want to disrupt something that took billions of years to evolve ?
The small changes we make everyday can lead to the kind of world we all want for the future.
I know it all sounds overwhelming but if we can start with a step, we can make a difference. Better to light one candle than curse the darkness.
Credits – Louie Psihoyos
Source– Racing Extinctions Documentary
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