Commentary by Captain Paul Watson
For four decades I have been speaking about the sixth mass extinction and the threat that we have become to our own future and the future of most species on this planet.
Now at last the mainstream media is beginning to notice.
For decades my concerns have been ridiculed and criticized for being an alarmist and a doomsday prophet.
When it comes to ecological threats, humans always seem to do very little too late.
There are solutions but for the majority of humanity all the real solutions are unacceptable. They want solutions without sacrificing their life styles.
We have to understand that farmlands will nor survive if we kill the bacteria in the soil. We have to understand that 7.5 billion meat eating, fish eating primates are rapidly destroying entire eco-systems.
The life support systems of the Earth, our Ocean, our rainforests, the biosphere are all being rapidly diminished.
If humanity does not reject anthropocentrism and if we refuse to abide by the laws of ecology we will not survive as a species.
We will be the victims of our own ignorance and our own arrogance. Homo sapiens have devolved into Homo arrogantus ignoramus.
We have become trapped within a matrix of our own creation, living in a world of anthropocentric fantasies and ignoring ecological realities.
Diminishment is escalating much faster than we seem to realize. Fisheries have been collapsing for years, climate change is accelerating, species extinction is accelerating, plastic, noise, chemical and radiation pollutants are poisoning the sea.
And less that 3% of humanity understands that if bees and trees, worms and phytoplankton are diminished we are diminished and if these species go extinct so do we.
Since 1950 we have had a 40% diminishment of phytoplankton in the sea and phytoplankton supplies over 70% of the oxygen we breathe. No phytoplankton = no humanity.
And despite these facts, Norway and Japan are building fleets to mass harvest krill to provide a cheap protein source for livestock.
We slaughter 65 billion animals a year and remove tens of billions more animals from the sea creating more greenhouse gases in the process than produced by the entire transportation industry.
And yet most people choose to be unaware, to be willfully ignorant or they simply don’t care.
Why is it that the late wolf biologist Dr. Gordon Haber was fined $150,000 for freeing a wolf from a trap but a man from a prep school in Hawaii received only $1,000 fine and 45 days in jail for viciously killing 17 endangered Laysan albatross and causing $200,000 worth of damage to a conservation project?
Why is it that over a thousand conservationists and environmentalists have been murdered and rarely have the killers been brought to justice.
The human race is terrorizing the entire living world and blaming everything but ourselves. Why do we allow sick people like Walter Palmer to practice their perverted ‘sport’ and call it conservation? Big game hunters are simply sexually and emotionally inadequate people given a license to kill by governments that value profits over life.
A few years ago a ranger in Zimbabwe was severely criticized for killing a poacher who was about to kill a black rhino. Human rights groups were appalled asking how killing a man to protect an animal can ever be justified.
The ranger responded by saying that if a man ran out of Barclay’s bank in Harare with a bag of money and if he was a policeman and shot the man in the head, he would not have been criticized. They would have given him a medal for the deed.
“How is it,” he said, “that a bag of paper has more value than the future heritage of Zimbabwe?”
Our values are dictated by anthropocentric desires without any recognition of the ultimate importance of bio-diversity.
The choice for us, if we are to survive is to embrace the laws of ecology and learn to live in harmony and with respect for all other species and to accept that we are part of and not dominant over nature.