Humans have already been compared to bacteria, destroying the Earth and all life on it. If we do this, and it really seems we are well along that road, then how can our children and their children live? The Earth can live without us, but we cannot live without the Earth. Going to Mars is all very well, but Elton John got it right. It's no place to raise your kids.
Does it matter if a species is wiped out? Yes - every species except for us Humans
is interlinked with every other in a balanced environment that maintains the
wherewithal to live; our supplies of oxygen, water and food depend on all these life
forms thriving. When Humans intervene the results are unfortunate, sometimes
catastrophic. The obvious example is the Brazilian rainforest, a rich and vast
resource burned away to provide poor farmland that is useless after only a few years.
Less trees and plants = less oxygen for us to breath, and no way of absorbing the
excess CO2 we create. The result is climate change that will
challenge our civilization, and a loss of soil fertility that may bring us to
“With a growing population to feed, and the nutrients in our soil in sharp decline, we may soon see an agricultural crisis.” Dr Nigel Dunnett, University of Sheffield
Allotment soil had 32% more organic carbon, 36% higher carbon to
nitrogen ratios, 25% higher nitrogen and was significantly less
compacted. While urban areas are perceived as grey and concrete, pockets of
rich, fertile land could be converted into farms to grow a diverse range
of produce, said the study authors. In order to ensure future generations are able to grow fruit and
vegetables, researchers said we should start to see our towns and cities
as potential farmyards. Growing crops and wildflowers in our cities will also boost biodiversity and help wildlife, they added.
Have we the right to eliminate other life forms? We think the untimely death of a human unacceptable, yet we use up animal life without a care. Cod, Herring, Pilchards, Wild Salmon and Sea Trout, once present in massive numbers in our seas have all but disappeared. We've eaten the lot. It's just the same with birds. Within just the past forty years, the number of wild birds in the UK has halved. The 50 million or so Northern European migrating birds, Swifts included, slaughtered illegally every year by hunters around the Mediterranean are the more well-known victims, but fishing, habitat destruction, insecticides, insensitive planning, glass tower blocks, pollution and hostile agricultural techniques here in the UK and across the EC probably wipe out as many more each year. We are killing off birds so fast now we might as well be doing it on purpose. How long can we go on like this and still have birds in our world and Swifts in our skies?
A life without the wild world? Is that our future? It is looking ever more likely, so how do we fancy our children never knowing the real wild world out there, and all that's in it? Sitting at their computers, bent double staring at their mobile phones, they can be as isolated and deluded as a prisoner in solitary confinement, tapping messages on the walls. How will they discover and appreciate reality? And how will we ensure there is a wild world left for them to live in?
Swifts are fun! Swifts enhance our lives with their dramatic flight and exciting calls! They also eat billions of harmful insects every single day. Please help Swifts. They've proven they can live with us if we let them. We should welcome and cherish them, and rejoice in the Earth and its living creatures.