It’s time to take a stand for Life.
It can sound almost ridiculous. Trying to save large complex life on earth. Yet that’s exactly what’s at stake, you’ve just not heard it stated that way before.
Conservation and environmental organizations have been taken to task by some for focusing on “charismatic megafauna” like whales, dolphins, orangutans, tigers, and other such species. While we agree – and our work will show – that we take an ecosystem approach, there is something qualitatively special about large complex life.
For large complex life has what we value, and should value: they are the species large enough to help sustain us, inspire us, help define us. Species of complex behavior and mind. Species which have problem-solving ability, consciousness, and even self-awareness. These are very fragile qualities and attributes which did not, so far as we know, exist before the last mass extinction, and may well not occur again if the 6th extinction continues during this century.
Consciousness and self-aware mind could be lost from the earth forever. The stakes are no lower than that, and we need to face up to it.
CO2 doesn’t just mean “maybe global warming,” as trendy as that phrasing is. It means planetary heating deriving from basic physics. It means ocean acidification from basic chemistry. And there’s a long history of planetary extinctions when its levels get too high.
Current “climate campaigns” focus on things like the loss of beachfront property from sea-level rise, which is trivial in comparison to the real effects: a human dieoff to a drastically lower planetary carrying capacity. The loss of rainforests and of nearly all large land and sea animals to rapid habitat change.
And we’re going to have to give up fossil fuels anyway, because the remaining oil will be essentially unrecoverable within 40 years, and coal within perhaps a hundred. A living world of complex species is a high price to pay for a few more decades of smokestacks.
You know our work. It has dramatized issues and engaged the world when other tactics haven’t.
Our carbon campaign isn’t about easy compromises, because those aren’t getting it done. We need to face some major cutbacks in the metabolic basic of human society, or create a world which hasn’t existed for 55 million years. A world in which large terrestrial species don’t survive.