We are in the midst of the sixth known mass extinction of life on earth. Lions, Tigers and Polar Bears, Chimpanzees, Rhinos, River Dolphins, Right Whales, the Great Apes... all gone by the middle of this century unless we change our priorities. It's the greatest die off since an asteroid impact wiped out the dinosaurs and most things living in the Americas 65 million years ago. Forests are succumbing to climate change and invasion by opportunistic parasites, then burning, changing our familiar landscapes from forests to scrubland. Our lifestyle priorities are mandating more energy production and consequently more habitat destruction with every year setting a new record for carbon dioxide emission. This places even greater pressure on flora and fauna to evolve or perish.
“Human beings and nature must not be at the service of money,” he said. “Let us say no to an economy of exclusion and inequality, where money rules, rather than service. That economy kills. That economy excludes. That economy destroys Mother Earth.” Pope Francis, Bolivia, 7-9-1015
"We have created a Star Wars Civilization with Stone Age Emotions" says renowned biologist E.O.Wilson "we thrash around and are a danger to ourselves and the rest of life." "Our conquest of earth happened so quickly that the rest of the biosphere has not had time to adjust and our heedless destruction of species shows scant sign of abating." Interview by Natalie Angier
The "Welcome To The Future" series is my expression of concern about how our human existence is affecting all other life on earth. Our anthropocentric perspective reinforced by politics and advertising, encourages harmful behavior in the name of profit for large corporations. If our species expects to be around in another hundred years, we must bring our existence into equilibrium with the rest of reality, otherwise the future will not be so welcoming...in fact, it may not exist for us. The people of The Carteret Islands, The Maldives, Tuvalu, Samoa, Senegal, Kiribati, New Orleans and now New York, know that feeling. It's like...welcome to the future!
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