Are Humans On The Brink of Extinction?

A picture of a dinosaur, which once roamed the Earth as humans do today.

Is humanity on the brink of extinction?

Civilization is on the brink of one of the most astounding shifts in Earth history. We are at a tipping point, though, and which way we fall is up to us.

A failing world economy, genetic engineering, weather modification, hegemony and the threat of war are pushing the human race to the brink of extinction.

We are too distracted dealing with the blunders of our man-made world to realize that the Earth itself may be what determines our fate at the end of the day.

Any way you look at it, the human species is at a vital crossroads. Unfortunately, we are not handling this in a healthy, futuristic way.

The Sixth Extinction

Plastic blue bottles in a v-line up.

New creatures will emerge to break down synthetics and eat away the massive landfills packed with plastics and human waste.

There have been five major extinctions throughout Earth’s history. Planetary extinctions are inescapable, yet these events are based mostly on guesswork.

Each extinction, however, re-seeds new and more evolved life forms, from simple-celled ocean life to dinosaurs to the mammals today.

What will emerge next?

The Earth will require millions of years to break down all the waste and destruction humanity has left behind. Never before in recorded history has any species caused such destruction to the Earth’s ecosystems and natural resources as the human.

New creatures will emerge to break down synthetics and eat away the massive landfills packed with plastics and non-recyclable human waste. Life forms will evolve to dissemble the building materials from skyscrapers and nuclear power plants; new species will emerge to biodegrade the toxic weapons of war and the piles of off-shore drilling rigs and oily pipes discarded on the ocean floor. Mysterious life forms will appear to decompose the miles upon miles of roads and bridges made from concrete and steel.

When Will This Begin?

The Earth in space

The Sixth Extinction has begun.

It has already begun.

Today, scientists around the world are charting the beginnings of a sixth extinction; an inevitable Earth event predicted to be the most devastating extinction since the dinosaurs.

As we fight our wars, watch the COMEX, print endless stacks of fiat money, and pass more laws mandating everything from vaccinations to austerity, we remain unaware that the Earth has entered this new cycle.

Our planet is heading back into an Ice Age, and this is shifting the global climate patterns wrapping the Earth. The Earth’s axis is increasingly unstable, which is causing an increase in earthquakes, and the magnetic poles are weakening, allowing more sunlight to penetrate our thinning atmosphere.

In 1955, Einstein wrote that “when the Earth’s mantle shifts, the poles follow”, and he was right. The researchers are spot on – today, the Earth has entered its sixth extinction period.

Oil pumps in the sunset.

Our addiction to technology is creating future problems.

Messing In Our Nest

These natural Earth changes are happening right under our noses, but world leaders, corporate executives, and military industrial complexes don’t seem to notice.

Our addictions to technology, money, and power have entrapped the human species in a futile dependency on a man-made world. We have travelled too far down the wrong road. We have messed in our nest, which has caused the extinction of over 50 percent of global wildlife today.

Our behavior is endangering the future survival of our own species.

As we spend precious time “debating” global warming, the oil/energy crisis, rising interest rates, fiat money, austerity, and more wars, we ignore the warning signs that the Earth’s natural cycles won’t wait for us to untangle our knots.

A sixth extinction is inevitable, and it will impact all of humanity. The questions to ask: “Are humans accelerating this extinction before its natural time? Can we stop this run-away train?”

The answers: “Yes, we are needlessly accelerating our own extinction, and yes, we can stop this.”

The Sixth Species

Pictures of 700 pound Aldabra tortoises

Life on Earth adapted to the five previous extinctions.

Life adapted to the five previous extinctions. Each global shift ended in mass destruction, but all was not lost; new species – more advanced and more highly evolved – always follow.

The human species is no exception. Humans are particularly vulnerable to conditions that lead to extinction because we are highly sensitive to changes in the environment, and we have a higher intelligence, which pushes us to obsessively control Nature’s resources.

Today, we are the canaries in the coal mine, and as planetary changes draw near, we can’t sit this one out.

Not this time.

Man Versus Nature

There are two conflicting issues facing humanity today – natural Earth changes and man-made influences – each threatening the global environment and our survival.

Change is undoubtedly here. The Titanic is sinking, yet we remain on deck arguing about what to do about it. 

In order for all life to survive, we must understand the driving forces we face today. If we come together in peace and with an open mind, we can better determine where we go from here, and we can savor the time we have left on this incredible planet.

These are the threads of the human story that we must clearly understand. Once we awaken to the dynamics that we all face today, the transformations will be so profound, the world as we know it will be irrevocably changed for the better. Every detail of why we are here will be in harmony with the Earth, and as the Earth changes, we can safely change with it.

In order to pave a more natural path into the future, we must begin improving the way we take care of this planet before we run out of time.

 

“Don’t sit this one out.

You are by accident of fate alive at an absolutely critical moment in the history of our planet.”

– Carl Sagan

 

Hold on to the hope that by looking at the Earth in ways no one has seen the Earth before, we can move gracefully into the future, and dismiss our confusion and fears about what the sixth human species will become.

 

This article is from Dr. Hull’s new manuscript, The Sixth Species.

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A Tragic Loss Of Wildlife

A picture of a hand holding a glowing earth globe in his hand with a butterfly on the globe.

Our human needs must stop killing the wildlife around us.

Question: what happens when the human population increases so rapidly, there isn’t enough food or energy resources to go around?

Answer: we take away the land around us and use it for human needs. We destroy the wildlife around us, and we don’t seem to care.

We do it anyway.

Taking Over

Humans have taken over this planet, and we are pushing the wildlife out of their natural habitats – on the land and in the sea. We build housing communities, malls, highway systems, movie theaters, and power plants anywhere we can.

Radiation from spent nuclear power plants seeps into the ocean, and we dump barrels of trash and war weapons into the depths of the sea.

A picture of Tokyp, Japan, a major city built within a natural disaster zone.

Humans build anywhere they can, and they destroy the wildlife around them.

This isn’t news, though. “Taking over” has been happening for thousands of years.

The more technological we humans become, the worse it gets. One day, the plethora of wildlife will only be seen in history books. I’m not sure if I want to be here when that happens. If we don’t take control of our human domination, NOW, this will be our planet’s final fate.

… if Mother Nature doesn’t push us back, that is.

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Check out this awesome youtube video from the North Texas Tortoise Sanctuary  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxv9fSIIXNw.  I am on the Board of the NTTS, and I am also the on-sight Curator. The music for this video was done by one of our Directors, Chad Cook, with Stephen Arnold Music.

An exit sign on a highway that says Changes: Next Exit

We can’t wait any longer to make the changes needed to save all life on our planet. The devastation must stop today.

Lots To Do

There has been too much damage already done to our planet’s wildlife, and too many species have been destroyed at the hands of humans. It gets overwhelming when you think about the number of species humans have destroyed. The key to reversing this devastation is to stop – just stop.

We don’t need more laws. We don’t need more debate. We need to take our compassionate power back.

Humans are smart enough to know how to continue living on this planet in more natural ways.

Human beings are smart enough to design ways to back out of this holocaust.

The influences of power are more fragile than you think – if 1% of the population is at the root of this disgrace, then the 99% remaining can surely take over and STOP this run-away-train.

Think about taking action NOW, before it’s too late.

Redefining Our Antiquated Zoos

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In 2014, two Costa Rica zoos will be converted into open-space wildlife conservation centers – photo from tikotimes.net

Both the Simón Bolívar Zoo in Barrio Amón in San José, Costa Rica and the Conservation Center of Santa Ana, Costa Rica will close down in May 2014.

According to a MINAE press release, the Simón Bolívar Zoo will be turned into a biological education center, and the conservation center will become a 51-hectare (106 acre) forest preserve.

Antiquated Zoos

A picture of a sad Orangutan in a caged zoo pen.

The capturing and caging of animals in zoos is outdated. Captive animals deserve to be in open-spaces provided by conservation centers and wildlife sanctuaries.

“Zoos” are antiquated and outdated examples of mankind’s arrogance and ignorance. These are strong words, but an accurate opinion shared by most conservationists.

Modern-day zoos are knee-deep in budgets, bureaucracy and politics – ALL of which have NO benefit for the animals.

Yes, it is important for all of us to see, touch, hear, and smell wild animals from other parts of the world.  It is crucial that we teach our children about all living things that are sharing our planet – I agree.  BUT, it is not a human right to “capture” and “imprison” other life-forms and contain them within tiny cages and metal bars.

An arial photo of the tortoise santuary

Open-spaces for the endangered tortoises at the North Texas Tortoise Sanctuary and Conservation Center.

The right thing to do is keep captive bred wildlife and animals within an open-space environment that mocks the wild. They will not know that they are not “home”, and humans can educate one another on the importance of our “neighbors” without turning them into “side-show prisoners.”

Zoos are out-of-date, and independent wildlife sanctuaries and conservation centers are the way for our future!

A picture of a tortoise facility in Florida.

Greg Lindley’s open-space, affiliate captive breeding Aldabra facility in SW Florida – this is the type of environment all captured animals thrive in – not in a caged zoo.

Setting Our Captives Free

The Costa Rican zoos’ animals, which include monkeys, a jaguar and an African lion, will be distributed throughout the country’s animal rescue centers – no bars, no small cages, no more confinement.  These animals will be “protected” within open spaces and natural food sources.

If you want to see a 700 pound Aldabra tortoise from the Mauritius Islands off Madagascar, don’t ooh and ahh over that precious animal that’s cooped up in a small, concreted zoo pen – promote the natural conservation centers that house these rare and magnificent animals within open spaces, and support the wildlife sanctuaries that place these special creatures in natural environments.

How would you feel if you were captured and forced to spend your life as a novelty for people to stare at every day as they rattle your cage ….. ?