The Climate is changing, affecting the whole world,
affecting every living thing on the Earth,
with very many losers, most of whom will be
unrealised, unrecognised and uncounted.
Climate stats start with the number of people who
are impacted – nations displaced, islands gone, plains
flooded, livelihoods destroyed and peoples distraught
and we hear of folk’s plight weekly, in new events.
We’re wholly anthropocentric – our whole entire
discourse focusses on human impacts, even
when changes in avian migration timescales
and insect life cycles indicate the changes.
Our self-image is that we’re this apex life-form,
apparently distinct from the ‘wild’ life, unlinked
to the ‘natural’ world, we’re unnatural through
intellect, culture, industry, technology.
Truth is – we’re part of nature, and all nature is
linked in the interconnected web binding all
life forms together, and to the planet, through our
relationships of food, habitat and function.
We thought we’d bent the webs to suit our advantage,
changing the function of other life forms to suit us,
to manage for food – in the process destroying
the wildwood, the prairie, the jungle – our planet.
Were we truly that apex lifeform, we’d know our
function is to nurture and care for all life forms,
we’ve had the choice – capable of love – and we chose
to use our abilities to exploit, destroy.
Our capability lets us understand our
world, we could care for and preserve her using this
knowledge, but we’ve persisted in our efforts to
dominate, change and, ultimately, destroy her.