Friday, November 4, 2011

File This Under: We Know Not What We've Lost - A Murmuration

Murmuration from Sophie Windsor Clive on Vimeo.

Here is an excerpt from an article well worth reading in full:

While public awareness of the depth of the ecological crisis is growing, our knowledge of the basics of the problem is hardly new.
"World Scientists' Warning To Humanity" - Issued By 1,700 Of The Planet's Leading Scientists:
"Human beings and the natural world are on a collision course. Human activities inflict harsh and often irreversible damage on the environment and on critical resources. If not checked, many of our current practices put at serious risk the future that we wish for human society and the plant and animal kingdoms, and may so alter the living world that it will be unable to sustain life in the manner that we know. Fundamental changes are urgent if we are to avoid the collision our present course will bring about."

That statement was issued in 1992, and since then we have fallen further behind in the struggle for sustainability. Look at any crucial measure of the health of the ecosphere in which we live - groundwater depletion, topsoil loss, chemical contamination, increased toxicity in our own bodies, the number and size of "dead zones" in the oceans, accelerating extinction of species and reduction of bio-diversity - and the news is bad.

Remember also that we live in an oil-based world that is fast running out of easily accessible oil, which means we face a huge reconfiguration of the infrastructure that undergirds our lives. And, of course, there is the undeniable trajectory of climate disruption.

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