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Species go extinct. That is the way of evolution. But species, like the dodo bird, have been disappearing at an accelerated rate in the last few centuries. What changed? We did.
Humankind has spread across Planet Earth like a deadly disease. Many of our religions forbid us to limit our offspring. And we seem determined to foul our own nest.
We generate an enormous amount of inorganic waste that is toxic to our bodies, which cannot process it or render it benign. We have not only polluted the environment for other species, we are making it unlivable for ourselves.
Unlike other animals, humans have the questionable capability to expand beyond their natural habitat by adapting it to their needs. Unfortunately, our planet and its resources are finite, and our toxic waste is not going away.
Ironically – and possibly justly – Homo sapiens could eventually go the way of the dodo.
Adele E. Zimmermann