I posted a Tweet over the weekend highlighting a sad ‘accomplishment’ of man over the past forty years in so far as contributing to the successfully decimation of some 50% of the Worlds wildlife. Taking into account that this in itself indicated point in time when people felt there was a need to start counting wildlife populations. Why? If we are the correct stewards of Earth we wouldn’t have to worry about that as the pendulum of survival would be swinging as uninterrupted as it was intended to do so. Needless to say, and understandably so, the reactions to the Tweet were reflective of the reality that Man(kind)’s drive to dominate, control and monetise everything on this, our collective home is the main fault. I believe myself to be a misanthrope, I prefer the company of wildlife, animals or simply the freedom of solitude over the company of humans. I don’t mean that in an anti-social way, I have many great friends and a wonderful family, but if the truth be told and I found myself alone for whatever reason or circumstance, I would welcome that solitude.
We are now seven and a half billion people on Earth, we race to develop the next gadget, gizmo and life enhancing technology. And what does it all accomplish? Wildlife species that pose a ‘threat’ to man simply down to them being them are demonised, driven into our psyche from childhood to program the mind against their equal right to life. Lo and behold if this Wildlife ever has the audacity to step beyond what are deemed as acceptable behavioural boundary norms then it’s either killed, controlled, subjugated, or worse, domesticated. As a collective species we have mastered the art of control, we stack the cards in our favour to ensure our longevity without so much as a care for the impact we have on the wildlife of this planet. Domestic ‘pets’ collectively cause more environmental impact than we could ever imagine, but out of sight out of mind. As long as the Cat owners of the World have a bundle of fur to control and hug to satiate their insecurities that’s acceptable.
One of the biggest questions to arise from posting such Tweets is the inevitable “What can we do to avoid such catastrophes from continuing in the downward trend”? Sadly, in my mind, the answer to that question is “very little, if maybe we’d addressed this issue 20 years ago then maybe we’d have had a chance”. We are at a point in our history where the shift between those who want and those who care has become so massively distant that we’d need a passport to get from one camp to the other. The majority of people on Earth are at the core driven by financial gain at whatever cost. Our desire to own, be successful, to have is killing us and our Earth at an ever accelerating rate. It’s like driving a sports car towards a wall, whilst the voice in our head is screaming “Brake” our character, to see how fast we can go or how close we can stop before taking a trip through the windshield, willingly forces our Prada encased feet even heavier on the gas.
Having listened, involuntarily for the most part, to the constant suggestion that evil persists on this planet as a ‘test’ beset to man by some all gracious, all loving creator really pisses on my bonfire. Well if this is the case surely the fact that this supposed entity afforded us the ‘affliction of intelligence’ can be seen as the biggest act of masochism in Earth’s history? I mean to knowingly bestow intelligence and self awareness on a species that would then go on to destroy the beauty of the earthly creation has to figure as the greatest example of a vindictive conniving mindset to have ever been exhibited? Fair or not? Sure there will always be some who find ways to suggest that this in itself is part of the test but boy, we only get one chance at this test the impact and effects of which will echo in the halls of eternity as the biggest collectively encouraged suicide in history.
My answer to that question on what we need to do to change our ways will raise eyebrows I’m sure but they include:
- The complete abandoning of all efforts to artificially extend human life. We love our sick relatives, kin and offspring but if they are sick what purpose do they serve? Do we have the right to prolong their suffering just because WE want to have them around us for as long as is scientifically possible. Why not instead be happy with giving them the dignity of freedom and cast away the burden of suffering? Do injured animals artificially extend their existence?
- There needs to be a radical deceleration of human population growth for at least the next 50 years. A global one child policy should be enacted.
- The complete ending of space exploration. If there is anything ‘out there’ that may be intrigued enough by us to visit us then surely it will come to us? The Trillions of Dollars, Pounds, Euros and Roubles spent looking for little green men would be better used in developing a global reusable power grid from solar, wind and ocean currents. We now know more about outer Space than we do about our own Earth, this to me just proves we take this spinning rock way too much for granted.
- The dissolution of boundaries. We are one species. How many wars are fought over perceived ‘Territory’. And when did the concept of geo-specific ownership ever take hold anyway?
- Land titles again need to be rescinded. We do not own Earth, we are it’s guardians and yet we look to exploit, poison, pollute and diminish the very components that permit our survival, the oceans, forests and resources.
- Success is a good thing but do individuals need billions of dollars? Does one person have the right to own more than 10% of the global population combined? That in itself is perverse. Global earnings should be capped. Anything earned beyond a deemed cap goes into a programme to establish organic crops for global distribution.
- The ceasing of all fossil fuel extraction
- Understanding the impact of the word ‘ENOUGH’ and enacting it for the better of our planet and fellow humans.
- Twitter if it is to survive needs an Enter to Tweet command, an Edit Tweet option and an Opt out of DM feature, OK those were the Red Herrings!
Maybe there is a reason for my misanthropic preferences. I simply cannot abide to hear people whining and criticising the demise of our natural Earth when for a large part their actions and daily lives contribute so much to that demise. It’s cool to support a tweet or message for five minutes, and then its back to the grind of the day. I don’t mean that in any detrimental way, it’s just proof again that we’re programmed to engage in actions detrimental to our very survival. Granted that not many people are aware of the ecologically negative footprint their collective possessions camouflage. It’s linked to those jewels we covet, the cars we drive, the books we read and the plastics we use to make life ‘bearable’. Each component in themselves requiring a global recuperation, preparation and distribution network that in turn drive the environmental issues at hand.
Sporting and entertainment ‘celebrity’ getting paid ridiculous amounts of money to engage in mundane tasks to amuse and entertain goes beyond the capacity of comprehension. Why should someone get paid millions of dollars or pounds to chase an inflated pig’s stomach around a field or to throw the same through a hoop or use a felled and crafted element of a tree to hit a projectile? And for these actions to be lauded as accomplishments to be proud of, to allude to? There’s nothing wrong with wanting to see who is the fastest, strongest most capable all round athlete but do we really need to cut rainforests into bill sized tokens, printed with poisonous inks and pile stacks of these into a bank account on an annual basis as a way of saying “Wow, you’re the best”?
If as a species we cared, I mean really cared then there would only be one conservation entity with multiple sub divisions each tasked with addressing the multitude of potential issues that arise. The sad fact is that there is a LOT of money in conservation. With every passing day another group springs up to address the issue they believe they are better suited to resolve over the many hundreds of others that exist to address the same issue. Why don’t we simply focus all of our efforts on one entity to address all of our collective issues? The answer to that is simple. The Individual. The individual wants to be the one who creates success, to be the one remembered, to be lauded as the visionary. As long as we have this fracturing of interests we will never have enough force to enact change. One can taste the bitterness in social updates about failed petitions, simply because entity X doesn’t have enough exposure to the masses to get signatures enough to initiate change. I get asked why I didn’t sign Petition X, Y or Z on a daily basis and the sad fact is that if I did sign all of the petitions I was constantly asked to I would never get any work done.
Imagine what would happen if the 100 Million people who care about Whale conservation each took the 2 minutes out of their schedule to sign the ONLY Whale conservation petition in existence? Change. Imagine what would happen if the 200 Million people against illegal logging in the Amazon signed the only ‘Stop Illegal Logging in the Amazon’ Petition? Change. Imagine what would happen if the 400 Million people against illegal Palm Oil Plantations in Indonesia signed the only ‘Stop Illegal Land Grabs for Palm Plantations in Indonesia’ Petition? Change. And so on and so forth.
Without this cohesion we are nothing, we are like dust in the wind, whereas we should be the wind.