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Philippe Negrin
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and the crazy crazy thing is that I heard some people think that to solve the pollenization  problem, instead of trying to save the bees and other insects by polluting less, we should spend billions creating bee-like drones to replace bees so that we can continue pollluting and heating the planet...




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We’re in this situation because most people can’t see the big picture. Like George Bush’s infamous “Jobs are more important than owls” speech. Missing the big picture that owls, or bees, or butterflies are part of a larger whole—and so are we. And as the environment becomes more and more inhospitable to other creatures, so, too, it becomes inhospitable to us.
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And this is why I can't have kids. The world they'll inherit...I wish I had more hope, but I don't.
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"invasive aliens are driving native species to extinction."

Just the other day I read an article on a growing population of Rhesus Macaque monkeys in Florida. 

Many people that live in the area feel they should be left alone. But while the local residents might find the monkeys cute and entertaining, I wonder if anyone ever thinks about the effect they are having on native wildlife.


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There is a great example of over use of resources and it's inevitable outcome, albeit on a much smaller scale; Easter Island.

Somehow we thick headed humans cannot learn from something in our very midst.
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"And this is why I can't have kids. The world they'll inherit...I wish I had more hope, but I don't."

I have grown children...but no grandchildren as of yet.  

Stuff like this makes me selfishly glad I don't.
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The Gods will take care us humans. We're much more important than owls and bees.

Or so I'm told. No worries, folks. 

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I’m deep into the season where the children of my friends are themselves having children. Every time a grandma-to-be gives out with the Joyous Announcement, I bite my tongue. My first instinct is to ask if the proud parents have given any thought at all to the world in which these children will be forced to grow up.

Of course not!

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I used to wonder what was going through the mind of the guy as he cut down the last tree on Easter Island...
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The Sahara Desert used to be verdant grasslands. Then, about 50,000 years ago, the Gulf Stream shifted slightly to the north. The British Isles became warmer (and wetter), and the grasslands dried up.

It’s a harsh reminder of just how delicate the balance of Nature really is, and that our modern impact on that balance can be greater than we could ever imagine.

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