Earlier this week, I noticed a report created by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) stating the massive decrease of vertebrates on earth. Rhinos, tigers, elephants, leopards and many species more: all of them are in danger of getting extinct. The number of all living vertebrates is reduced during the last decades. Between 1970 and 2014 the number of wild living vertebrates shrunk by 60% caused by human activities. The reasons are primarily agriculture, mining and city enlargement.
To make the situation even worse, China allowed more trading with i.e. rhino-horns and tiger bones.
In the past, I also wrote about the vanishing of insects and birds.
There’s a statement assumed to be said by a North American Indian once to the President of the United States of America: “It is only when the white man has destroyed the whole forest, when it has killed all fish and all animals and that all rivers have dried up that he will realize that nobody can eat money. ”
In my opinion, we’re right on the highway to destroy ultimately our own basis of living and nutrition. Despite, many people are warning with loud voices for decades, those in leading positions, in politics as well as in production industries, are increasing the speed of destruction.
See, what’s left
This image is taken back in 2010 here in Germany, not far away from my home. It’s a coal mine. The image is taken by using a fish-eye lens to show the enormous hole in the surface of our planet. It’s nearly 31 km² and up to 250m deep. Huge machines are inside the hole and digging for coal. Therefore, ground-water must be pumped away in huge parts of Western Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands. Water, coming in contact with the coal, is polluted and contaminated. The water-pumping for lowering the ground-water level is a so-called “Ewigkeits-Aufgabe” (= eternal obligation). A few more images you can find here.
We’re acting like having a second planet to live on and to feed us in the luggage trunk. And, we’re trying to find intelligent life outside of our planet in space, although we didn’t have searched for intelligent life among the humans here on earth. The leaders of the world acting like being insane. Everyone is seeing the results of climatic changes, global warming and they do nothing against it. Researchers even found, big carnivores like wolves have an impact on landscape development and thus indirectly on climatic changes. But instead, the carnivores are hunted and killed wherever they are. The whole planet is balanced. Everything is dependent from many other things. No animal or plant is useless. Everything has a reason and is a necessity in the complex web of living. Up to now, there are still a huge number of white pages in the book of life.
Don’t get me wrong. I like technical research and I like space-flights very much. But, I want every single human to keep the nature in perfect shape and fully equipped with all natural beings (i.e. plants and animals) and live side-by-side without harming or bothering each other. Support those, who are working hard to reconstruct and repair the demolitions caused by humans (us, our parents or our ancestors).
Or, think of the plastic problem in the nature. Especially the oceans are plastic collecting areas. Many kinds pf plastic need more than 100 years to decay. In the meantime, the parts become smaller and smaller. While bigger parts of plastic can kill animals, the smaller parts are eaten. So, their stomach is full, but the die of starvation, because there is no nutritive substance in the plastic. Because of, these plastics remain in them, some substances can be absorbed and come back to our tables as a part of our food. Even fruits and vegetables can bring micro-plastic on our plates. That’s how we’re poisoning ourselves.
13 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday: the vanishing of animals”
> “there are still a huge number of white pages in the book of life”… you probably right André! but nowadays, sounds that too many people do not give a damn to everything else living down on earth, except of their own lives. Unfortunately, too many young ones; the new generations are being swept up in a “virtual world”, a vicious cycle that needs to be broken. Knowing that All this carefully orchestrated… knowing that plastic pollution + all about the ongoing “destruction of the Blue Planet” began only a few decades ago! only 60 years ago!! it’s just Terrible…
and to note that All *those responsible; *Leaders & Dealers, culprits of any kind of disappearances are not punished, but even retain their powerful positions. Poor World we are living in.
“but nowadays, sounds that too many people do not give a damn to everything else living down on earth, except of their own lives” that’s exactly what I meant.
“Poor World we are living in.” Unfortunately, that’s true and makes my cry.
“All beauty must die”, Nick Cave once sang. Despite his verse was said in a different context, but it seems to me, that’s the only intention mankind is following and not giving a penny or cent for the consequences or results.
And this behavior will be carried into the space!!!??? What a tremendous imagination.
unless… unless human beings were forced to feel another way… Mother Nature Does Her Best, and under no circumstances shall hūmānus ignore Her Power… A. Einstein himself said: “Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of pathological criminal”.
and also: “A human being is part of the whole, called by us ‘Universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation, and a foundation for inner security”. (1950!!!)
Last, it sounds like “virtual world” is pretty scary, worst than in “real life”… to the “clown” I am.
We were told, The World People is a “click away”… Bah! “mon Q” !!!
Tolle Bild, sehr wahrer Text, volle Zustimmung !!
Grüsse von Jürgen
What a mess … and there are so many that just don’t care less. Our beautiful world, how sad
Yup. Unfortunately, it’s true 😕🤨
Excellent photo, thoughtful commentary. One might say we humans have not evolved well. Sad to think we might be a ‘failed experiment’ of Nature.
thanks, John. For the failed experiment of nature, you might be right 😦