And we're not just talking about losing cute animals: human civilisation relies on biodiversity for its very existence. The plants, animals and microorganisms with which we share the Earth supply us with vital ecosystem services.We know this. We have always known this. But we have stopped paying attention.
These include regulating the climate, supplying clean water, limiting floods, running nutrient cycles essential to agriculture and forestry, controlling serious crop pests and carriers of diseases, and providing beauty, spiritual and recreational benefits.
And that’s just biodiversity. Ice loss up at the north pole is now going critical. The Arctic is currently a staggering 36 degrees warmer than normal at this time of year. See this graph, the red line is 2016. Something is very, very wrong. It looks like we have now reached the tipping point.
So, to round off, much has been in the press about a Trump over in the USA. Now, where I grew up the word Trump means a Fart. A rear end burp. A lot of wind or hot air with a rather distinctive odour. But I don’t want to cast aspersions on our friends over the pond. So I’ll just leave you with the UK company that is now offering “fallout shelters”.