How does wildlife extinct make you feel? It makes me sad that so few bees visit my garden, and that so many species are threatened. I celebrate every time one bee comes around, which is rare.
There are now so many creatures on the endangered species list that some scientists are suggesting that we are on the precipice of a mass extinction – when more than 75 per cent of known species die out. … the threat of loss gives rise to anxiety, fear and even panic.
It suggested that even witnessing the devastation of extreme weather events via the media could negatively impact emotional well-being, especially where there is uncertainty about the future safety of their own locale. In short, climate change has clear emotional and psychosocial impacts;…
If our environment hurts, ultimately we hurt. Our natural environment makes important contributions to our mental health and well-being.
There is a very real psychological cost to the unsustainable pursuit of happiness. That price is depression, panic and trauma. The Anthropocene is evidence that we can change the world. Can we now change for the better? [emphasis mine]
Depression links to being out of control of our lives and being unable to predict the outcome of our actions. These produce the feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. Using the Buddhist process, "To end suffering end desire". I know, it doesn't make logical sense, if one suffers, then one suffers.
On the other hand, If we experiment and explore ways out of depression then we may be more efficient in our efforts to wake up those silly, misguided Republicans.
Try it to see if the Buddha gave good advice or is just nonsense.
If I am depressed, feel helpless and hopeless, STOP! BREATHE! THINK! PLAN! TAKE ACTION! EVALUATE OUTCOMES!
So, in this case, more extinctions occur and at a faster pace. Stop, breathe, think.
"What can I do to support wildlife? Options:
Create a wildlife sanctuary, find out what plants will help bees, butterflies, and beneficial wildlife.
Make sure water is available for these creatures, build safe shelters for them.
Work with neighbors to stop spraying those deadly chemicals on their lawns and trees; offer alternatives.
Teach the neighborhood kids about protecting wildlife; a new batch of babies are coming along, and my back yard has always been a place where children gather.
Learn as much as I can about what the effects are of different processes of lawn and garden care and teach the gardeners who are able and willing to participate.
Grow my food forest as an example from which people can learn.
Speak up, loud and clear about what needs to stop.
Work with resources: County Extension Agent, gardening clubs, school classrooms,
Write op-ed pieces for our local paper and independent newsletters about things we can do to support wildlife.
Well, that is my list, and I am busy organizing and doing the things that I think will help.
I hope each one can find ways to cope as we observe the possible beginning of the end of life as we know it on Earth.
You have good suggestions on a personal coping level. Thanks.
<sigh> The planet is so big, compared to my neighborhood. For me, personally, it doesn't help much.
A major study published in Nature Climate Change shows that the planet is warming a stunning 50 times faster than when it comes out of an ice age. The implications of the rapidity of this warming, for those who care to digest it emotionally, are horrifying. [emphasis mine]
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Thank you, Ruth, for the topic.
It makes me long for extinction of humans.
No violence Ruth, I was thinking of http://www.vhemt.org/
I have two granddaughters who want more babies. I use my best communication skills to inquire how they and the earth will benefit by more population? I ask about how much it costs to raise a child, let alone educate one? I show them some of the things their female ancestors said about having babies and how they had no options; partly because their husbands refused to use contraceptives, and party because the women believed their purpose in life was to have babies.
Both my granddaughters turned into monsters when they were on the pill. Other forms of prevention didn't suit their interests.
When I was in China, I saw the method used by many young women; it was a small cartridge inserted under the skin on the back of their arms. If they wanted to get pregnant, the nurse removed the capsule, and usually, the women could get pregnant. Most women in China did not want more than one child because life was hard for them, their apartments or homes were minuscule, and the women had to work for pay. At that time, new mothers returned to work very shortly after giving birth, and the infants went into a "creche", what we would call a nursery.
Grandparents usually cared for children as they grew up. The elder generation perceived it their duty to care for children while both mother and father worked for pay.
Another article warning of imminent wildlife extinctions.