Basically half. One out of two trees are gone. That's a lot. We are just shocked to see the Amazon being chopped up into fragments, that dam they want to build is even worse but we forget just how many trees we once had. The early explorers often wrote about how the forests were impassible. Easterners have no idea of what that means. Even the older growth trees there are second and even third growth. Walking through the 'woods back east' one see the remains of dry stone fences still standing among the young trees. Maybe a 100 years ago that was a farm... maybe 70 or even 50. However it has been a long, long time since that was virgin woodland. Once we had a lot now we mostly have suburban woods...lol. One out of two trees gone and everywhere you look we are swiftly losing more.
I hope that the powers that be hurry to get us off oil, coal and gas and fully integrated into solar, wind and tidal. Our one and only chance. To go solar and wind on a national scale. Every roof a solar energy provider. Every tall office building a wind turbine. Wind turbines across all those miles of monoculture croplands and alfalfa fields, a super solar powered southwestern desert. We can do it. Well we could do it... we should... who knows though?
I think we will someday when is totally unavoidable not to but by then what a horror things will have become. We could change things now but look at the repubs...it is bizarre their mindless greed.
I'm old ...old enough old anyway to know that I won't see the crunch when it comes. I am hoping that the young may have the time to change before those dire days arrive. Maybe Bernie will get elected. If he does people probably won't let the old guard come back and delay any more. Someone good will follow him and so forth. There is an expectancy in the world that some terrible thing will happen soon (a few years soon). I hope the younglings can escape that because we are truly risking the worst with this lust for greed that consumes us and the nature that sustains us.
There is a favorite book of mine. Written by Peter Mathiessen called Wildlife in America which talks about what used to be (and now too). It was awesome to read about how full of wildlife this country was as compared to now. The sheer numbers of everything was so awesome... unforgettable. Think hundreds of thousands of fur pelts per year. That was our forests where now we are excited to see a deer and a squirrel. Sorry if I am a downer but if you can find a copy of that book you will read it one sitting. It isn't a huge book but it leaves you with a better understanding of how nature was. Reading about the tonnage that fishermen used to haul in years after year is astounding. As an aside, when I was 'haired' (lol) a two pound can of salmon was cheaper than a tiny can of cat food. Salmon was that cheap. Huge salmon too. How much is salmon today? The salmon runs from california to washington have failed repeatedly. The disaster is spreading as fungus is attacking the Alaskan salmon runs. The rivers are too warm and the oceans are too warm too but the salmon get hit bad when they come to shore and head upriver to spawn. Their fry can't take the warm waters. Idaho and other states are using trucks to transport fry to cooler places in the hope of persevering the species.
I pity the young ...I honestly do. Sometimes people wonder why I am so determined in supporting Bernie. I didn't believe Obama once I saw him taking the corporate money btw. Bernie hasn't taken the oligarchy's money...that matters so much. He isn't beholden to them. I think he wants to secure a place in the history books like FDR during the depression. He wants to be a reformer. It is epic that for the first time a progressive actually stands a good chance of winning. I don't care that he isn't a perfect progressive ...he is so much more progressive that the others that it isn't even funny.
Forgive an old man his gabbiness. You hit a chord about the trees. Check out that book you'll enjoy it.
Peace and here's wishing you a nice cool shady spot under the trees...
... here at the end of the world.