Weighing Biodiversity: Pyrite?

Posted: July 14, 2010 in Uncategorized
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Humans, having advanced much farther than other animals in this world, are the king of the mountains (in our opinions, at least. Cats, no matter what, think that they’re in charge.)
But doesn’t that mean we should also be keeping this world under our wing? Or should we let the other organisms on earth fend for themselves. Of course, extinction is natural, but still we allocate some of our funds to wildlife sanctuaries, national reserves, lush forests and fields within metropolises called parks, etc.

Earth in our hands.

"Great power comes with great responsibility."

We have surpassed all other forms of life, in a sense, on our planet. But great power comes with great responsibility. What if we scar this earth enough so that we hurt ourselves? When there’s no more fish to eat, not enough ivory and tortoiseshell and leopard fur to sate the fiery hunger of our aesthetically finicky dreams, no more beauty in the jungle–or even no more jungle–just fields swallowed up by endless seas of cotton, wheat, coffee, cattle, whatever is cultivated wherever? That wouldn’t be a pretty picture. It would seem apocalyptic, even.

That “taking-the-weaker-under-your-wing” kind of responsibility, almost like pity, sympathy, or our mothers, is because of ethics. There would be personal feelings of guilt, that horrible stomach-clenching feeling you get when you don’t fulfill yourself. We protect our children, infants, and the elderly. Though we may degrade animals to a point in which they are like slaves, we still look out for them (if we aren’t the people that neglect and abuse. I’m talking about park rangers, the people that have domestic pets in their house, environmentalists.). The emotion is natural.

Each time a plant dies, we lose what it has. In class, my seventh grade world geography teacher stressed about how scientists think that plants in the Amazon have potential at the pharmacy to cure different things. How many of our luxuries come from nature, the original source.

Like I said, the countless people supporting biodiversity all are united by the same aim. It creates alliances, bonds, and friendships: all these people around the world strive to save these vulnerable creatures. I read on another site: “This house fears the way of the dodo.”

However.

Extinction is a math test that, despite that you’ve gotten perfect scores on the reviewing quizzes, you still sweat about (at least I do, anyway). We know that the dinosaurs are dead, only alive through today’s fellow reptilians, but that’s how we mammals flourished, no longer under Dino Dynasty! And that wasn’t the only mass extinction: think of all the nameless species that died–and succeeded–before our eon, era, period. Extinction is a natural process: the chance that all life on earth would be wiped out is tinier than a grain of sand on a beach. Hardy archaea thrive amongst the extremes, bacteria crawl in our home, in our bodies. If most of life died out, I think it would just rebuild again to a certain extent. Maybe homo sapiens wouldn’t turn out like it did, but it would adapt to the new conditions, those cells would. Hasn’t anyone told you that life moves on?

An animal, a totally wild born animal, would never forsake itself/its species for another. They would do the same for us. A cougar would not wait for you to pop open a can of Purina; it would probably snap your neck for intruding in it’s territory. The call of survival is cutthroat, literally.

Technology will nearly sever us from our Mother Nature. Now that we are beginning to touch and see the face of genetic engineering, think about what we could accomplish in the future. Without Mom.

Everyone would like to say that they respect earth, but it’s still expensive, frankly.

I would like compare this to the uniforms situation in my county. Why make parents spend more money when teachers have limited computer paper, when the school offers cheap, oily food, when walls have graffiti on them, when there aren’t enough school supplies to go around for those in a financial well? We already have enough problems with politics, war, health, and personal welfare. Yet we pressure nations that are just shoots beginning to poke through the ground, surrounded by mountain-high tree nations. They don’t have the extra money for protecting the animals within their borders when they’re occupied protecting their own people.

Biodiversity, and taking in the “weaker”, is undoubtedly a noble act that is taken for granted.

Opinions welcome.

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