Not the only song about this subject, but iconic.
I was amazed at the stupidity of a newspaper headline claiming that history shows that we can escape ecological disasters with our lives.
Of course, history shows that. If we wouldn’t have, we would not have been here to write about it and check out this history. That doesn’t mean that our survival is now guaranteed for all times.
And of course, scores of branches of humans’ family tree turned out dead ends. That should teach us something. Ask the Neanderthals. Or the 28 subspecies of the homo sapience sapience.
Those who are not terribly concerned about ecological extinction are part of the problem and not the solution.
But, we should not be so worried that it would paralyze us.
We need to be slightly more optimistic than worried. We must take a cascade of measures that will counter the perilous disaster unfolding.
We can win this. But only if we are determined to win. If we go ‘Whatever will be will be,’ there will be our graves.
Death is at humanity’s doorstep. It’s our privilege to chase him away.
While, at the present rate, we won’t go extinct in say another 100 years, the next decade seems to be crucial. If we don’t stem the tide, we could very well find ourselves in a situation in 10 years that suffering will increase exponentially and extinction will be inevitable. What a waste!
Meanwhile, medical science tries to eradicate all sickness and prevent and undo aging. Which will be of very little use if we kill ourselves with drugs, murder each other from anger, fight conventional and nuclear wars from greed of the super-rich, or die from ruining the ecology and climate.
I expect you to be proactive too. Time is running out. You want to tell future generations that you were part of the forces that saved us all.