The Silencing of Nature: Sixth Extinction

Complex animal life evolved sometime over 500 million years ago. Since that time, life has continually evolved into different groupings of strange and diverse forms. Today, however, is a unique and unprecedented instant during this extraordinarily long history of life. Never before has there been a creature such as us—a being with the ability to rapidly and radically change the world. Only those who are blind to Nature can look around and not see catastrophe as growing thousands of species are pushed into the dawnless night of extinction.
“In the half a billion years of complex life, geology reveals five mass extinctions. All were caused by the smash of big extraterrestrial bodies into Earth or by stupendous geological forces. Biologists and conservationists call today’s extinction the Sixth Great Extinction in light of its magnitude. This extinction stands apart, though, because cosmic or geological forces do not cause it.
It has a biological cause.
One species.
Us.
Homo sapiens.
Due to its cause, and heeding our moral compass and sense of justice, perhaps we should not call today’s ecological crisis the “Sixth Mass Extinction.” Rather, we perhaps should call it the First Mass Murder of Life.

Never before has a single species escaped out of the confines of its ecosystems to become a global, geological force and then to spread across Earth to almost every ecosystem, and then remake and in many cases waste those ecosystems. Never before has a single species consumed so much of the rest of life into itself.
Never before has the population of a single species exploded instantaneously across the globe.
We have erupted like the burning cinders and poisonous gases of a giant volcano and now cover Earth” ~ From the Rewilding Institute .

The Silencing of Nature: Sixth Extinction:

 

 To get involved with helping endangered species, deepen your knowledge of environmental atrocities, and find ways in which you can help protect our planet and co-inhabitants, please see this list of helpful links:

Earthjustice

National Resources Defense Council

Greenpeace

Climate Network

Rainforest Action Network

IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature

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Sumatran Elephant, critically endangered. Over two-thirds of Sumatra’s natural lowland forest has been razed, cutting this elephant’s habitat by 70%. Only approximately 2,400 remain.

 The production of meat and other animal products places a heavy burden on the environment – from crops and water required to feed the animals, to the transport and other processes involved from farm to fork. The vast amount of grain feed required for meat production is a significant contributor to deforestation, habitat loss and species extinction.

Take extinction off your plate . By eating less meat and more fruit and vegetables, the world could prevent several million deaths per year by 2050, cut planet-warming emissions substantially, save billions of dollars annually in healthcare costs and climate damage, and spare countless animals from unnecessary suffering.

Consider a  vegan lifestyle.

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7 thoughts on “The Silencing of Nature: Sixth Extinction”

  1. There is no Planet B as the video states. So true as we continue to destroy the only thing we have. Ecocide. “People listening without hearing…”

    Likewise, your thoughts on meat’s impact on the planet is exactly right. Plant-based diets would help tremendously if the vast majority would adopt them. However, I must take aim at the environmental groups you listed. Although they do good works, they have not taken a stand against animal-products and the mass animal-agricultural industry. I am waiting for them to make a stand for veganism. Thanks for all your work to help move us in the right direction.

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    1. Unfortunately we will never be able to convince the masses to commit to a vegan lifestyle, sadly many “environmental” organizations are not vegan oriented. I, myself (in agreement with your comment) find it difficult for one to be an environmentalist yet not commit to a vegan lifestyle. The link “Take extinction off your plate” is a very informative article from the Center for Biological Diversity and encourages the abstinence of meat consumption.

      Regarding aforementioned organizations and their views on a vegan lifestyle:
      From NRDC: https://www.nrdc.org/experts/jonathan-kaplan/theres-no-conspiracy-cowspiracy-methane-real

      From Rainforest Action Network:
      http://www.ran.org/building_bridges_connecting_animals_the_environment

      The Climate Action Network is a worldwide network of over 1100 NGOs in over 120 countries working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels. Each individual organization may or may not, of course, approach reducing meat consumption as vigorously as some of us may prefer.

      The IUCN encourages ‘Consumption Change’ which you can read more about here: http://www.iucn.org/ur/node/17271

      Thanks for your heartfelt comment.

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    2. Greenpeace is catching up a bit
      (http://m.greenpeace.org/international/en/high/news/Blogs/makingwaves/vegetarian-tips-for-going-meat-free/blog/56351/).
      As for Earthjustice, they do incredible work, and do encourage reducing meat consumption: http://earthjustice.org/blog/2016-april/the-clean-power-plan-s-on-hold-but-clean-agriculture-can-move-forward

      Some environmental organizations are a bit of a disappointment in this area, yet I feel we all have to work together, raise awareness, and hope these groups will spend a little more time, in the future, promoting a plant-based diet.

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