if anyone remembers the story that was making rounds a while back about a 19 year old discovering the solution to cleaning up the pacific garbage patch, that project launched a fundraider which now has 7 days to reach it’s goal.
They’re at 89% of the 2 million dollar goal!
This is important. If we can do something about this, we could save millions of aquatic lives.
Remember Martha, the last of her kind, who died on this day a century ago. September 1st marks the extinction of the passenger pigeon, a species of North American bird with incomparable population numbers before they were completely eradicated by humans at the beginning of the 20th century.
3.7 billion to 0 in forty years.
And if you are wishing this wouldn’t happen again, hoping that history doesn’t repeat itself - remember that we are currently enduring the sixth major mass extinction event. While the other five in our earth’s history were naturally caused by everything from major meteoritic impacts, to extreme cooling or warming of the environment, and frequently changing atmosphere - the latest event, Number Six, is being completely attributed to humans. This is the Holocene Extinction.
In 2012 the IUCN reported that 30% of amphibians are at risk of extinction; as well as 21% of mammals, reptiles, and fish, 12% of birds, 68% of plants. We are looking to lose 30-50% of all species of life on our planet by the middle of the century.
This may feel like a hopeless inevitability, but the future is not set in stone. What we need for this cause is awareness. What we need is an investment of personal interest. We need voices, and students, and teachers. We need scientists, and law makers, and committees and new legislation for the environment. We need communicators. We need enthusiasts and what we really need is to ruin apathy. This is a shared planet, not just between ourselves but with every miraculous piece of life that has erupted on its unlikely surface in the last billion years. We owe it to that great improbability not to mess this up.
Check out the article about this: Global catches, exploitation rates, and rebuilding options for sharks
Mister Bearcy and Darcybot went down to the shore today. They soaked up some sun, and talked about Life and Lizzies. Mister Bearcy has recently developed a taste for a certain sweet, carbonated beverage.
Mister Bearcy went for a bike ride today along Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island. Of course he wore his helmet, to protect his brain in case of a crash. He enjoyed the exhilarating feel of the wind in this fur. He could not help thinking of William, and the bike rides they have been on together.