From D2G. Neil Parry
This is a brief letter to tell all members about something I read whilst
I was at work, it made me feel very insignificant at the time and just
made me stop and think about how much damage we do to the planet we
live on. Don't get me wrong I am not an activist or a raving loony, but
if you are like me the following will just make you stop and think.
How far should we go to protect the planet
Think of the planet Earth as a 46 year old...
The earth is thought to be around 4,6000 million
years old, an almost inconceivable time-span. For
the moment , think of it as someone in middle
age, 46 years old.
This person is a late developer. Nothing at
all is known their first seven years and only
sketchy information exists until about the next
35 years. It is only at the age of 42 that the
Earth began to flower.
Dinosaurs and the great reptiles did not
appear until a year ago, when this planet reached
45. Mammals arrived only eight months ago. In the
middle of last week, human-like apes evolved into
ape-like humans, and at the weekend the last ice
age enveloped the earth.
Modern humans have been around for four hours.
During the last hour we discovered agriculture.
The industrial revolution began just a minute
ago. During those last sixty seconds of
biological time, humans have made a rubbish tip
We have caused the extinction of many hundreds
of species of animals, many of which have been
here longer than us, and ransacked the planet for
fuel. Now we stand, like brutish infants,
gloating over this meteoric rise to ascendancy,
poised on the brink of the final mass extinction
and of effectively destroying this oasis of life
in the solar system.
Does this not make you think...