The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
by Elizabeth Kolbert (2014)
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Elizabeth Kolbert helps us to better understand the rapidly changing world. According to her analysis, the scientific message written in our past is emerging once again in our present. We are experiencing an extinction crisis.
As well as climate change, humans are perpetuating extensive wildlife collapse. It’s simultaneously maddening and frustrating, while it is also terrifying. We are currently destroying & endangering life on a global scale. In doing so, we are also endangering ourselves and our future.
The Frightening Reality
While science has helped shed light on our past, unfortunately it is not impacting our current decision-making as much as it should. We now know that the earth has already undergone some pretty dramatic changes since life first appeared. These changes were huge, and resulted in extensive extinction events.
As Kolbert explains, the earth has already undergone 5 massive extinction events. We are currently experiencing the 6th. This time however, it is humans that are to blame for this large-scale death and destruction.
The Need For Change
We need to acknowledge this, and act accordingly. It will require that we change, if we wish to avert the brutal consequences. Although the message is a difficult one, it is especially critical. All the more reason to learn more about it. With new extinction information being released with increasing frequency (click the image above), the picture is becoming increasing bleak.
There has to be another way! Kolbert’s book works to help put things in perspective, and better appreciate the gravity of the situation. As dire as it seems, there is still time to act. Unlike previous extinction events, humans weren’t around to do anything about it. We can now.
“This Time, Humans Are The Asteroid.”
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