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History of Life & The Status of Other Living Things Today (Chris Searles)

History of Life & The Status of Other Living Things Today (Chris Searles)

Greetings AllCreation readers -- 

This month i'm sharing something very special from my own work, a full hour video of a recent presentation entitled, "How to Win on Climate Change and the Extinction Crisis." I specifically request that you watch the first 25 minutes, also known as Chapter 1: Biodiversity = Life Support Services, to learn about the history of life and the status of other living things today. 

Here's the link, please watch and share: tinyurl.com/biointegrity

Our theme this month, Wild & Domesticated, explores various questions and feelings related to experiencing the wild, natural world. I hope you'll spend some time reading the numerous great writings from our clergy and poetry contributors.  

Suffice to say, the Earth's wildernesses are rapidly disappearing. We can restore them, but that effort has yet to begin. Most of what we call "the Creation", aka. the natural world, has declined past the point of safety in the last 50 years due to rapid human expansion. These recent, rapid losses mean civilization's future is now in question. Ecosystems are Earth's vital organs. Without healthy, biodiverse, wild ecosystems we lose the basis of Life, we lose our life support systems. We started this project largely to raise awareness on that.

We're more than concerned, we're actively promoting solutions. (See the contact links at bottom of this email to learn more.) In case you don't have time to watch my video linked above, here are several key slides re: the status of Earth's wildernesses and other living things today. 

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 One portrayal of the human species appearance on the phylogenic tree, relative to all other living things, since the extinction of the dinosaurs 65,000,000 years ago. 

One portrayal of the human species appearance on the phylogenic tree, relative to all other living things, since the extinction of the dinosaurs 65,000,000 years ago. 

 In regards to  this study . 

In regards to this study

 In regards to  this report . 

In regards to this report

 A  2015 study  showing biodiversity loss to be the most advanced of all today's environmental challenges. 

A 2015 study showing biodiversity loss to be the most advanced of all today's environmental challenges. 

 In regards to  this 2017 study , showing that 70% or more of today's mammal, reptile, and amphibian species, and more than 40% of all bird species, are Endangered. 

In regards to this 2017 study, showing that 70% or more of today's mammal, reptile, and amphibian species, and more than 40% of all bird species, are Endangered. 

 An example of "range reduction." This mapping shows range reduction of African lions. The yellow areas show lions' historical range, the orange spots show current ranges. Most of these changes have taken place since WWII. Virtually all species on Earth have undergone similar changes, due to humanity's recent rapid expansion. Slide comes from the same 2017 study linked above. 

An example of "range reduction." This mapping shows range reduction of African lions. The yellow areas show lions' historical range, the orange spots show current ranges. Most of these changes have taken place since WWII. Virtually all species on Earth have undergone similar changes, due to humanity's recent rapid expansion. Slide comes from the same 2017 study linked above. 

 This  2012 study  shows that humanity has altered more wild lands than when Earth transitioned out of the last ice age, about 10,000 BC. 

This 2012 study shows that humanity has altered more wild lands than when Earth transitioned out of the last ice age, about 10,000 BC. 

 Same study as previous slide. 

Same study as previous slide. 

 The current expansion of humanity is destroying life at least 10X faster than when the dinosaurs went extinct. We can reverse that, but we must get started en masse.

The current expansion of humanity is destroying life at least 10X faster than when the dinosaurs went extinct. We can reverse that, but we must get started en masse.

For more info on the above and more on the most direction solution to the species and ecosystem extinction crisis, please check my paper: The Systemic Climate Solution

If you have questions or want to be connected to the most affordable efforts to protect Earth's biodiversity and wild ecosystems, please contact me via my project: biointegrity.net. (Just scroll to the bottom of any page on the website to send a note via the email box.)

Thanks for reading. Spread the word! Protect and restore our planet's vital organs, the beauty that animates the Creation, our life support systems--Chris Searles (editor, AllCreation.org)

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