A growing fear

Sometimes I feel lost … helpless … inadequate. As though I’m faced with a blinding inevitability.

The Word Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is advertising on TV at the moment. Underneath their strap line of ‘What we need is you’ it states that 50% of the world’s wildlife has been lost since 1970.


Their website adverts state one in six species is at threat of extinction due to climate change. One in six for Christ’s sake.

The Butterfly Conservation (BC) states that on UK farmland butterflies have decreased by 58% over the last decade. Pesticides appear to be the problem; specifically, neonicotinoids are being pointed at!

The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) UK breeding bird survey shows a decrease of 46% over the last 20 years. Some areas of the UK show a larger percentage. European numbers of Curlew have declined by 20% in the last 15 years.

There’s a small porpoise in the sea of Cortez off Mexico called a Vaquita. Due to them being caught in fishermen’s nets as they compete for fish there are now less than 100 left.

The extinction date of the Polar Bear varies depending on who you listen to. Many set a date at 2055 as they run out of summer hunting grounds on melting sea ice,

Do you want me to go on? … because I can … endlessly.

If you have young children or grandchildren chances are they won’t see a Vaquita, a Polar Bear or maybe even a Curlew.

For F***s sake what else do we all need to know and how many times do the people that matter need to be told? These things are the canaries in the mine … WAKE UP … and smell the gas! The planets dying and we’re not immune. We will die with it.

Unbridled human populations, the rape of the earth’s natural resources, synthetics compound production, the burning of fossil fuels, the use of insecticides but above all the oblivious blind nature of us all, is leading us like the fool before the abyss. It appears that who wins Strictly Come Dancing is ‘more important’ than the well-being of the planet. And those of us that do care are led into thinking that our tiny little energy saving bulbs and separating our rubbish into two or three different coloured bins will save us. The things we are currently doing make little difference. It’s like pissing in the sea and saying it’s deeper.

Even world governments cant agree on anything sensible when they get together to talk about climate change. The political will to make meaningful change is just not there. It never will be, because we vote the decision makers in and ‘we’ would never vote for the draconian changes that are now required. We are a selfish species.

God help the earth and all that lives on her. God help us.

I think I need cheering up!

… sorry for the bad language, but I feel passionately that governments should be listening and doing something. Frustration creeping in.



6 Responses to “A growing fear”

  1. 1 Dave Powell
    Dec 14, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    I’m in your corner Carl, I spent the whole time I lived on Anglesey trying to convince people that the Dolphin and Porpoise population needed our help but it was like banging your head against the perverbial brick wall. Thankfully Peter Evans is slowly. Hang in there mate!!!

  2. 3 Malcolm
    Dec 15, 2015 at 10:07 am

    What a well-written and passionate post. I must admit that although I try to do my bit, as a lover of the natural world, I have long felt pessimistic about the eventual outcome of how we treat the planet. I remember the late great Gerald Durrell writing that the human race’s treatment of the Earth was like a man sawing through the tree branch he is sitting on. Once he’s sawed too far, it will be too late to do anything but fall.


    • Dec 15, 2015 at 3:36 pm

      Thank you Malcolm. Not to everyone’s taste but sometimes these things never get fully aired if people stop mentioning them. The Global warming treaties that have been disclosed this week are a step in the right direction but oh my word they fall well short of being anything but voluntary and cover but a small percentage of actions needed. Durrell’s was a great analogy wasn’t it… so true.

  3. Dec 16, 2015 at 12:45 am

    Spot on…. it needs to be shouted…
    personally, I am dubious as to “weather” or not this chance is anything but lip service….
    the “developed” countries trying to be seen as altruistic…
    and the developing rest trying to cope with restrictions.

    We are cutting further and further through the branch…
    and more and more people are sitting on the far end…
    we’ll not hear the crack!
    BUT… the world will survive…
    it has weathered worse storms before….
    other creatures will evolve and adapt to new niches….
    hopefully, they’ll have more “intelligence” than us!!

    And you seem to be suffering, like me, from EOSAD…
    Early Onset Seasonally Affected Disorder….
    we need sunshine… or a large dose of Woodforde’s Wherry!!

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