“We are intimately interconnected with nature, whether we like it or not. If we don’t take care of nature, we can’t take care of ourselves.”
—Inger Andersen, U.N. Environment Program
Chief Seattle said much the same thing in 1857: " WE ARE PART OF THE EARTH AND IT IS A PART OF US."
Too bad nobody listened!
Because Native Americans were in harmony with nature they would’ve lasted another 13,000 years or more if they would’ve been left alone. As it is humanity will reach its expiration date soon.
COP 1, 2, 3, 4…Ebola, SARS 1, MERS, SARS 2,…???
Yes, all things are connected: eco-systems, Zoonotic diseases and the artificially contrived political economies of the 21 C.
Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth.
Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it.
Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.
Continue to contaminate your bed, and you will one night suffocate in your own waste.
Where is the thicket? Gone.
Where is the eagle? Gone.
And what is it to say goodbye to the swift pony and the hunt?
The end of living and the beginning of survival.
WHO SPEAKS FOR THE LAND?
A warning and a vision about the land and our sacred responsibility to care for it.
I’ve been saying this for awhile now. Coronavirus. Nature’s revenge against humanity.
My spouse, who is Native American and who prefers not to post… said she appreciates your reply.
From climate change to corona virus, the mass slaughter of animals to air pollution …you mess with nature and nature messes with you. Nature always wins.
Emerging pathogens were receiving quite a lot of focus in terms of research funding at the university where I worked starting as early as at least the late 1990s. There was a definite tie-in to climate-change induced stressors. We are all in this together–deniers and accepters alike. The former better pray that the latter get things right, oh and stay the Hell out of our way.
Watch the movie ‘Outbreak’ which makes the point about the ease of transference from the animal trade to humans very well.
@Shantiananda - look how long ago this point was made by Hollywood no less. Maybe it is not only that nobody listens but also that new people (new leaders) have to relearn the same lessons that previous leaders learned. Kind of like an automatic forgetfulness inherent in every time we elect new officials?
Our immediate priority is to prevent the spread of. In the long-term, important to tackle
habitat and loss.
What a joke – !!
Our towns here in NJ are release more and more property, despite continuing threat of
flooding. We pretty much have deer looking for food on front lawns.
With 75% of infectious diseases originating from wildlife, Andersen and other experts said, increased demand for animal products around the world could be putting humans at risk for outbreaks like the coronavirus pandemic.
The coronavirus, officially known at SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19, is thought to have spread a species of horseshoe bat to another animal in a live animal market in Wuhan, China, allowing it to spread to humans.**
“The origin and pathway of the coronavirus pandemic shouldn’t surprise us,” World Bank environmental specialist Daniel Mira-Salama wrote last week.
"The SARS epidemic in 2003 jumped to humans from civet cats, sold in markets as pets
and as a delicacy.
MERS was transmitted to humans from camels in 2012.
Avian influenza, Nipah virus, Ebola, HIV… all of these and many other Emerging Infectious Diseases (EIDs) originated in animals and were transmitted to humans—a phenomenon called zoonosis."
Ending illegal animal trades would help cut down on the spread of infectious diseases in markets, which the experts called an “ideal mixing bowl,” according to The Guardian.
Animal-eating/dairy is also harmful for humans as we see from the increases in illnesses
that simply Americans are suffering – from diabetes to HBP, clogged arteries, heart disease,
cancers, arthritis, on and on – and then add to that the horrific number of side effects from the
drugs that are then administered to patients.
But underline those concerns beyond we humans – because animal/dairy eating has a very
NEGATIVE impact on the planet – and plays a large role in Global Warming.
Many of the Eastern Religions say much the same thing and whether true or not is not for me to say but what many that believe in Karma say: is the Coronavirus is Natures mass karma for man’s global devastation of the planet.
It mind boggling when you consider the pace of change for the worst as far as the environment concerned after the arrival of the Europeans in the Americas.
As example the Oklahoma territories were turned over to white settler farmers after having promised to the First nations peoples in perpetuity in around 1890. Within 35 years their activities led to the Dust Bowl in a territory the First Nations peoples had roamed for thousands of years.
Since that time the scope and pace of environmental destruction has increased dramatically. This not a result of just population growth. It how the Capitalist system looks at nature and that is a source of profits to use and plunder.
Too bad most people didn’t listen is more accurate.
Or (sans the dubious metaphysics) it is because we are overpopulating the natural world to the point that there is no place left where humans will not come in contact with these previously unknown diseases. Once it took weeks before animals were shipped or even brought to markets on foot. Now some poachers can drive into former wilderness or loggers etc and animals can be sold within hours or days. No longer will the diseases die out by killing their hosts far from civilization. With bush pilots and land rovers… new diseases get expedited delivery.
Someday there will be so many people that there will not be enough room for the kind of nature we grew up in. An Anthropocene world where most ‘wild’ animals no longer exist except in zoos because every habitable square mile of what once was wilderness now will then have people living there. Our technology permitted us to destroy the wildernesses wholesale but the technology that we have yet to invent will allow humanity to live comfortably even in the most remote of places.
Our only true hope is to invent a way to travel faster than light to seed virtually unlimited numbers of at present sterile lifeless orbs. We will happily leave the super crowded mega cities for these new wide open spaces. I believe that is what nature (creation) intended - that humanity bring the beautiful bountiful life that exists (as yet) in great diversity on Earth to these other empty planets thus seeding a possibly sterile universe with life.
Yes I know we might find new neighbors out there but there is absolutely no doubt that there is also plenty of room for everybody, notwithstanding.
Afraid your ‘someday’ is calendared on linear timelines, when the anthropogenic dynamics we are experiencing are moving according to dynamics of exponential function. More likely at this point, it seems to me, is Mother Nature resuming the cleanup. I imagine that the evolutionary voids left by mass die-offs and extinctions will also function as spheres of ‘novelty’ with which Nature will in turn accelerate evolutionary change at exponential rates. She is already ticking the temperature and moisture environments - the ‘bubbles’ for such changes.
Deforestation and water pollution on a larger and larger scale until we tried to stop it.
If the most recent viral disease was sent as revenge by some sort of pantheistic consciousness, how do we explain the thousands of pandemics (many with much higher death rates) that have affected man throughout the ages? A hundred years ago, before the modern era of rapid travel between countries, something like this would have hardly been noticed outside of a single city in central China. It can be bad if you are a vulnerable person and do get it, but in the scheme of things a 3-4% death rate is pretty small.
The Guarani say that humans are Earth that walks.
Yes, more accurate…good point!
Poke a dog with a stick and eventually it will bite you.