I was listening to All Things Considered two weeks ago, when the topic went to the melting of the world’s icecaps. This has resulted in the mad rush for newly uncovered sites for oil and natural gas reserves. And I thought with the shortage of oil globally, we would finally come to our senses collectively and focus our energies on alternative sources.
The other miraculous wonder is that with miles and miles of Siberian ice tundras melting, long tusks of the great woolly mammoths that walked our earth thousands of years ago, are now exposed for poachers to feast on.
This really bothers me. I deplore the trade especially because it has put the lives of many elephants in peril. I don’t see the artistic nor the investment value of owning one either. Maybe I’m of a different culture or generation. Or I’m not artistic enough. That’s beside the point. It’s just so wrong! How can someone in good conscience sacrifice the lives of elephants for a trinket? or a sculpture? Now these woolly mammoths’ tusks will be used for these too?
Over here in our neck of the woods, we see the sad effects of climate change in more places than we care to. We recently walked on Pulgas Ridge off Edgewood Road in Redwood City. We saw quite a few large trees had been cut down. We can’t help but wonder what went wrong for them, after decades of thriving on this preserve.
If only the trees could talk and tell us about their plight!
Well, at least Beau got to enjoy a break from walking the trails!
- There are millions of mammoth tusks in that Arctic ice that is melting. (althouse.blogspot.com)
- 10 Animals Hunted (or Nearly Hunted) To Extinction (huntercourse.com)
- Reverse extinction: Should we redo the dodo? (phys.org)
- ‘De-Extinction’ Of Woolly Mammoth and Other Ancient Animals Could Become Reality, Scientists Say (jtm71.wordpress.com)
- As Arctic Ice Melts, It’s A Free-For-All For Oil … And Tusks (wnyc.org)
- 10 Facts about the Woolly Mammoth dinosaurs.about.com)
- Pulgas Ridge (openspace.org)