After reading a recent Rolling Stone post on climate change (Why We Can’t Count on Evolution to Counterbalance Climate Change), I couldn’t help but respond to the comments in the thread below the article, which express contempt and dismissal of the article (which is admittedly a weak presentation, although based on sound principles), and therefor attempt to dismiss the climate-change problem itself.
In the article, which states “New study suggests animals need an average of one million years to adapt to a single-degree increase in overall temperature”, author Brooke Jarvis contends (correctly) that climate adaptation will not occur quickly, and may not be the only mechanism life forms employ to survive (others being migrating to more hospitable areas, behavioral changes, etc.).
But there is one huge elephant in that room that no one is bothering to talk about.
My reply to these assertions:(as written in response to a particular comment);
No. No. No. Think deeper. The one big thing the article leaves out is the one thing that is most alarming – The current and increasing wave of mass extinctions. that are being caused entirely by human activity.
Most species will NOT adapt, move or survive.
Most are hurtling towards extinction.
Loss of biological diversity (which took millennia to reach the magnitude of glory it was in the days of our infancy as a species) is already eroding the intricately complex tapestry of life we all depend on.
Climate change, of course, is not the ONLY force driving this – Although all of them are caused by man in one way or another (development, roads, habitat destruction and fragmentation, introduced/invasive species. DEFORESTATION (that’s a big one!), over-fishing of the oceans, pollution, erosion, the toxicities that are now causing cancers even in wildlife of the remotest regions, trophy hunting, poaching etc etc.
But climate change is the wild card, the pervasive and inescapable additional crisis that may well be the straw that breaks this camel’s back.
The point is that we are creating conditions that are unbearable to life on Earth AS WE KNOW IT.
Yeah, ‘life’ may go on, but I wager it will not be life we wish to share our lives with – or that, perhaps, we are able to live with.
We were given a perfect planet, one where every element and creature had been flourishing and cycling in perfect balance (with ebb and flow, of course, as part of the cycle) for eons.
Not to mention, it was breathtakingly beautiful on so many levels – visual, musical, fragrant, fascinating, ebullient.
Now what do we have? Monoculture boredom, ambient traffic and machinery noise which drowns out natural symphonies, loss of forest canopy, loss of pollinators (hence loss of our favorite foods), pavement, concrete, and increasingly disconnect,ed insular, ‘virtual’ worlds.
We are stupid, ignorant and foolish to think that we, in our naive and self-serving ‘me first’, ‘gimme gimme’, adolescent, consumer-driven, exploitative and resource-sucking, ecosystem-destroying lifestyles, can do anything we please, with no responsibility to the other living nations/beings/systems of the Earth, without dire and unanticipated repercussions..