Tuesday, February 22, 2005

A third of World's Amphibians threatened: White House reptilians thriving. 

Here is yet another exercise in futility in the form of what will be a completely ignored diary on DailyKos. You'll have to go to DailyKos to access all of the links in the article. Some of them might surprise you:

This news is not suprising. The ultimate hubris, arrogance of man is to assume our first place importance, over and above all other species on the planet. We do this every day, in the way that we live, and it is up to each of us to change this.

Don't hold your collective breaths waiting for the democrats to launch the environmental movement sorely needed in this country. This will be a grass roots effort.

Diaries :: scorpiorising's diary ::

From Agence France Press (through Common Dreams):

A Third of World's Amphibian Species Threatened with Extinction: UN

Nearly one-third of the world's known amphibian species are threatened with extinction due to climate change and pollution, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said in a report released here.

The report said at least nine species of amphibians had died out since 1980 and that another 113 species have not been reported in the wild and are now considered extinct.

Just under 33 percent of the remaining 5,743 known amphibian species are now at risk as global warming heats the earth and deforestation exacerbates pollution and the loss of wetland habitats, UNEP said.

"Amphibians are declining at an unprecedented rate," it said, noting that their extinction rates are "considerably higher" than those for birds and mammals.

Amphibians, like frogs and salamanders have "permeable skin (that) makes them particularly vulnerable to climate change, so they serve as a good indicator of environmental health," said the report, released at the opening of the UNEP governing board's annual meeting.

I'm going to put forth my definition of grass roots: grass roots defines a change in consciousness of a large group of people, regarding commonly held assumptions that are no longer backed by defined reality. This said group of people take physical action within their shared environments to reflect the change in their consciousness.

And now I will put forth commonly held assumption no longer backed by defined reality:

It's not that I don't care, it's that I don't have the time; besides I know someone will pick up the ball on this one.
The earth will always renew herself. We threaten our own existence much more than the long-term ecological health of the earth.

It is up to each one of us to recognize that our limited participation on the subject of environmentalism is hastening the end for many species on the planet, and threatening the health of the earth as a sustainable ecological system.

So what is next?

Other environmental news:

Lawsuit filed by Sierra Club against new national forest rules, rules that were designed by the Bush administration to grant greater access to timber.

EPA making illegal, seperate agreements with pesticide makers.