The destruction of ecosystems happens at such a frantic pace, sometimes it hard to imagine a world where this was not happening. One thing I like to do when looking at the earliest films or photographs is pay attention to what portrayed in the background of the picture or the film. These films and photographs date back little more then a century yet much of these ecosystems were still relatively intact a that time.
The other issue is that our own technologies have evolved , such as using Chemicals and Plastics to the point where the Earth can not deal with them. There no “natural healing processes” for much of the stuff our factories are pumping out. It toxic and will rmeain toxic for thousands of years.
John Prine sings about Muhlenberg County and the town of Paradise vanishing from the map only a generation ago. Where I grew up and across North Alberta much of the forest was still undisturbed up until about 40 years ago. It the sheer SCALE of what is happening that gives Mother Earth little time to recover and this every growing sacle of destruction is fed by the ravenous Corporations seeking ever more in the way of profits to fuel “growth” and entire economies are built around the desire for that growth.
Virtually every Political Candidate in every Political party in every Country speaks about the need to “grow the economy and create jobs so as to bring prosperity to the workers”. The masses eat this up rarely considering what it REALLY means , and that more of our ecosystems destroyed.
That these forests must remain intact is self evident. That 50000 need to rally in protest to protect the same shows just how far off the rails the Economic systems are. We should never have gotten to this point were this a sane and rational world and were we not sold this bogus narrative that “Capitalism and Growth” lead to freedom and democracy.
Now as far as the Worlds population goes: Were humans to simply to vanish from the globe tomorrow the legacy left would be the DESTRUCTION left behind by our societies. Studies on wetlands show that once destroyed it takes the Earth literally thousands of years to recover them. Yes the Earth can heal in time but the scale of the destruction the Industries visit upon the Earth make it exponentially more difficult to do so the longer it “business as Usual”. This is why I have little use for the Liberal Party here in Canada , or the Democrats in the USA. We need to elect Governments that have as a mandate the immediate evolution of our economies away from the growth model. We can not just keep kicking the can down the road and elect Governments only because they are not as bad as the one it replaces.