We were warned that if we stayed on the path that we were on that we would eventually see mass extinctions all over the globe. Unfortunately, nothing was done and now it is already happening.
The creatures that inhabit our oceans are dying off. The insects are dying off. The birds are dying off. All around us there is death on a massive scale, but most people don't understand what is taking place. We all stay in our own little protected bubbles, and we all keep listening to the corporate media tell us that everything is going to be just fine. But the truth is that everything is not going to be just fine, because we are literally destroying the Earth and everything in it.
I wish that I could get more people to understand. The food that we eat, the water that we drink and the air that we breathe have all become highly toxic. But you don't see the microplastics, the pesticides or the trace amounts of pharmaceutical drugs that you are constantly ingesting and so you don't think about them.
And that is extremely unfortunate.
Our oceans are literally being filled up by billions upon billions of extremely small bits of plastic, and the damage that these "microplastics" are causing is truly cataclysmic. As a result of our rampant polluting, approximately 90% of all plankton has now "vanished":
"An Edinburgh-based research team fears plankton, the tiny organisms that sustain life in our seas, has all but been wiped out after spending two years collecting water samples from the Atlantic.
"The landmark research blames chemical pollution from plastics, farm fertilizers and pharmaceuticals in the water. Previously, it was thought the amount of plankton had halved since the 1940s, but the evidence gathered by the Scots suggest 90% has now vanished."
If there is no plankton, there will be no food chains in our oceans, and without those food chains, most life in our oceans will perish.
At this point we are being warned that "humanity will not survive the extinction of most marine plants and animals"...
"The scientists warn there are only a few years left before the consequences become catastrophically clear when fish, whales and dolphins become extinct, with grave implications for the planet. In the report, the researchers from the Global Oceanic Environmental Survey Foundation (GOES) state: 'An environmental catastrophe is unfolding. We believe humanity could adapt to global warming and extreme weather changes. It is our view that humanity will not survive the extinction of most marine plants and animals.'"
But the vast majority of our food doesn't come from the oceans. So, we will be OK, right? I wouldn't count on it, because our insects are rapidly disappearing as well.
In fact, biologist Dave Goulson says that studies have shown that approximately 75% of all insects have been wiped out over the past 50 years:
"Estimates vary and are imprecise, but it seems likely that insects have declined in abundance by 75% or more since I was five-years-old. The scientific evidence for this grows stronger every year, as studies are published describing the collapse of monarch butterfly populations in North America, the demise of woodland and grassland insects in Germany or the seemingly inexorable contraction of the ranges of bumblebees and hoverflies in the U.K."
We are dependent on insects in a multitude of various ways. For example, we need them to pollinate many of our most important crops:
"Bees get a lot of the focus and the attention when it comes to pollination, but there's a whole array of insects that provide that pollination service. In fact, three-quarters of the world's flowering plants and about a third of the world's food crops depend on pollinators at some stage. And so it's not just bees ... Flies are huge pollinators. That includes the midges that pollinate the cocoa crop that chocolate comes from. And there are wasps as well. Wasps are major pollinators. Again, another insect that's widely disliked but actually crucial for our environment."
Scientists tell us that almost all of the insects will be gone by the end of this century. If that were to happen, would humanity be able to survive?
By the way, our birds are going extinct too. According to one study, 30% of all the birds in North America are already gone:
"North America's birds are dying. Declared a man-made epidemic by a report in Science, approximately 100 bird species are recognized as endangered or threatened, with some estimates stating that about 30% of North America's bird population has disappeared over the past half century. This amounts to three billion birds total."
That is extremely alarming, but things are even worse in other parts of the globe. In fact, researchers are warning us that a "catastrophic decline of vulture populations" on the other side of the planet could cause disease to spread like never before. A catastrophic decline of vulture populations in Africa and Asia is causing alarm among researchers, who fear that a "cascade" effect could lead to the spread of deadly old and new diseases, including plague, anthrax, and rabies.
For thousands of years, the birds have been synonymous with death and gluttony. "Where the corpse is, vultures will gather," Jesus is quoted as saying in Matthew 24:28. But in reality, the birds serve us in ways that we are only just beginning to understand—helping to keep ecosystems and pathogens in check.
All of the creatures that live around us matter. Even the vultures.
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Michael Snyder's book titled Living A Life That Really Matters is available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.com.
Michael Snyder's book entitled "Living A Life That Really Matters" is available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.com.
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