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  •  "an ecosystem that humans can survive in." (1+ / 0-)
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    Calamity Jean

    And that's the bottom line - not whether life on earth can survive, or whether the planet can survive - but whether the human race can survive the damage we've done.  So far we've severely pissed off Mother Nature; her wrath becomes more evident every year.  And she always reserves the right to bat last.  The flowers, in one form or another, will continue to bloom, and the worms and beetles will continue to till the earth.  But if we continue to abuse of the environment, there is absolutely no guarantee that we will still inhabit the earth.

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

    by SueDe on Sun May 19, 2013 at 06:27:30 AM PDT

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    •  You won't have flowers without pollinators (2+ / 0-)
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      maryabein, FischFry

      Humans aren't going to make it unless we are willing to go all in and give up all the cheap fossil fuel energy we depend on to drive to work, go shopping, grow our food, make our plastics, all the dirty coal that becomes clean electricity.

      Just moving our cities to high ground to stay ahead of the rising sea levels we are already committed to will take more than our GNP every year for the next 30 years.

      Our population is still rising because every religion wants its followers to continue being more fruitful and multiplying faster than the next. We still see it as a good thing that affordable health care will make us all live longer and reduce infant mortality.

      After all the oceans die and all the rain forests are burned down to make room for us to grow more cattle so we can have more cheeseburgers, we will begin to notice that all our glacial fossil water has melted away and there is nothing left to irrigate our crops.

      We don't have time to wait for alternative energy to be fully developed before we pull the plug.

      Certainly going after tar sands to keep the status quo a little longer isn't the answer.

      When we go we will take pretty much everything that walks or crawls, swims, flys, or breathes oxygen with us.

      Live Free or Die --- Investigate, Incarcerate

      by rktect on Sun May 19, 2013 at 07:33:07 AM PDT

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