There is a rather stunning column by Johan Hari which I highly recommend in its entirety, about a theory of extinction called Medea:
This link was left in comments at HuffPo. The audio is grating - better to turn off the sound and read the accompanying poem instead. My favorite line - you bulldoze trees, then name your streets after them. So true!
I AM THE EARTH. YOU ARE THE EARTH. THE EARTH IS DYING. YOU ARE MURDERERS.
YOU KILL GOOD TREES TO PUT OUT BAD NEWSPAPERS.
IF SOLAR POWER WERE WEAPONS OF WAR, YOU WOULD HAVE HAD SOLAR POWER CENTURIES AGO TO POWER YOUR LIVES.
YOU ABUSE YOUR WORLD BECAUSE YOU REGARD IT AS A COMMODITY BELONGING TO YOU.
YOU BULLDOZE TREES, THEN NAME YOUR STREETS AFTER THEM.
THE INSUFFERABLE ARROGANCE OF HUMANS TO THINK THAT NATURE WAS MADE SOLELY FOR THEIR BENEFIT.
WHEN YOU DEFILE YOUR WORLD YOU MASSACRE A MILLION DREAMS. YOURS ARE NOT THE ONLY DREAMS.
TAKE NOTHING BUT PICTURES, LEAVE NOTHING BUT FOOTPRINTS, KILL NOTHING BUT TIME.
TUG AT A SINGLE THING IN NATURE AND YOU WILL FIND IT ATTACHED TO THE REST OF YOUR WORLD.
EVERYTHING HUMANS TOUCH BECOMES A SORE. IT NEED NOT BE SO.
THE UNIVERSE IS NOT REQUIRED TO BE IN PERFECT HARMONY WITH HUMANS.
HUMANS SHALL REQUIRE A SUBSTANTIALLY NEW MANNER OF THINKING IF YOU ARE TO SURVIVE.
HUMANS HAVE NEVER UNDERSTOOD THAT THEY ARE SIMPLY AN EQUAL PART OF THE WHOLE.
IF ALL MANKIND WERE TO DISAPPEAR, THE WORLD WOULD BE A PARADISE.
WHATEVER BEFALLS THE EARTH BEFALLS ALL ON THE EARTH. IF YOU SPIT ON THE GROUND, YOU SPIT ON YOURSELF.
YOU HAVE BECOME YOUR OWN WORST ENEMY. IT NEED NOT BE SO.
THE HUMAN RACE IS BECOME A CANCER ON THE PLANET. THE TIME FOR SURGERY IS AT HAND.
THERE IS LITTLE TIME LEFT TO STOP HARMING YOUR MOTHER, AND ONLY HOME.
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- Dead Trees - Dying Forests Webpage
- Pillage, Plunder & Pollute, LLC - download my book about trees dying from pollution, published in Spring, 2012
- Whispers From the Ghosting Trees - Guest Post at Greg Laden's Science Blog
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