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Humans Don’t Acclimatize, They Destroy…

November 25, 2013
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Acclimatize – definition: to adapt oneself to one’s surroundings, environment, or climate

Most of us are familiar with how animal species have adapted to their environments. As a David Attenborough fan, I have watched numerous programs where he has shown these in glorious color. I will not go into the hundreds of adaptations here but this link is a great source of information, if you are interested. http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/adaptations

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It is the adaptations of the human species, which concerns me. Earlier civilizations lived with their surroundings and maintained the natural balance. As humans developed and formed larger and larger groups, this changed and we began manipulating our surroundings to suit us. Areas of the planet previously uninhabited due to the climate or conditions were invaded and structures built to accommodate. Resources were, and still are, ravaged. Vast areas of the planet are now under concrete and this ‘invasion’ is still going on.

Humans adapt their environment in any way they can. From the sewing of furs, inventing shoes, discovering how to shear sheep to make wool for weaving clothing, taming fire, domesticating animals, and inventing agriculture, there has been an explosion of adaptations. Also housing became more and more sophisticated from caves to mud huts to brick buildings and wooden structures with insulation. Another discovery was herbs and how they could be used either for culinary or medicinal uses, and which were poisonous. Tools have developed and improved from split rocks with sharp edges to battery powered tools for every aspect of building. Yes, we are a ‘clever’ animal but at what cost?

Unfortunately, this behavior is continuing even though there is scientific proof that human impact on the planet and its inhabitants is destroying the only ‘home’ we have. Obviously, we can not unlearn our inventions and expectations for ourselves – everyone wants a nice home to live in and easy access to food and clothing.

What is the answer? That is the billion dollar question!

Abominable Snowman – Real or Not..?

October 8, 2013
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Abomination – definition: 1. anything greatly disliked or abhorred; 2. a vile, shameful, or detestable action, condition, habit

yeti

We have all heard of the Yeti or Abominable Snowman. Some people are even convinced they have seen one. There are even a few video’s and photograph’s purporting to ‘show’ these beings in the wild. However, the scientific community generally regards the Yeti as a legend, due to the lack of conclusive evidence.

These creatures are said to live in the Himalayan region of Nepal and Tibet. The locals call them Yeti or Meh-Teh and are part of local history and mythology. Unknown to Western culture until the 19th century, the parallel mythical creature, the Bigfoot is now the focus of a TV program; Finding Bigfoot on Animal Planet.

Maybe it is absurd to believe something so big could live in secrecy in the mountainous regions of the northern hemisphere, but we all love a mystery. After all legends must have some sort of truth in the depths of the stories – mustn’t they? Do you believe?

What is your favorite mythical creature?

Links :

http://www3.sympatico.ca/goweezer/canada/snowman.htm

http://www.angelfire.com/nv/mywebpage/yeti.html

Related articles:

David Attenborough: I believe the Abominable Snowman is out there (metro.co.uk)

Will the Earth Become Defunct..? I Hope Not…

April 25, 2013
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David Attenborough 1

David Attenborough 1 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Defunct – definition: having finished the course of life or existence : dead, extinct

I was brought up to enjoy the natural world around me. My parents would take us on long walks pointing out and naming the trees, grasses, plants and the animals and birds we encountered. I have passed down to my children this love of nature. My daughter in particular is an animal whisperer – no matter what the living organism is, it becomes calm and peaceful with her touch. Many a time she has picked up a squirming bug, which has almost instantaneously become still. I have no idea why it happens but for all of her 17 years she has been this way. As a baby crawling on the lawn she would pick up beetles and spiders. I would cringe thinking it would be crushed but she never killed any of these little creatures. She most surely has the touch!

There have been, and are, numerous naturalists and presenters with shows on TV. Each have their own particular style and interest but for me the most endearing and informative is David Attenborough.  I have grown up listening to him describe a multitude of animals and plants. His dulcet tones whispering over the images we view with complete wonder, are something that will stay with me forever. He is a hero of mine.

David Attenborough 60 years  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2223147/David-Attenborough-celebrates-Diamond-Jubilee-new-BBC-series-60-Years-In-The-Wild.html

It was with sadness that I realized after watching Sir David’s celebration broadcast, that in his 60 years, a great many flora and fauna have become extinct. That is unforgivable when in millennia without human destruction, the numbers were nominal.

This link gives us an idea of the losses: http://www.endangeredspeciesinternational.org/overview1.html

Destroying our environment and that of our fellow animals will have only one result – no where to go! We don’t have another Earth to inhabit.

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