A World Without…

… the Arakan Forest Turtle, the Socorro Dove, the Snow Leopard, the Pygmy Hog, the Red Panda, the Baiji, the African Wild Dog, the Silvery Gibbon, the Saiga Antelope, the Darwin’s Fox, the Iberian Lynx and the Silver Pika will be a duller and less colourful world. But this is what’s happening. Good old humans are doing their utmost to eradicate these species. They are all critically endangered and some are even extinct in the wild. Here’s a look at some of the animals that will be gone within the next few years unless human awareness about this problem begins to improve.

A last look and time to say goodbye…

Arakan Forest Turtle
Arakan Forest Turtle

Socorro Dove
Socorro Dove
Snow Leopard
Snow Leopard

Pygmy Hog
Pygmy Hog

Red Panda
Red Panda

African Wild Dog
African Wild Dog

Silvery Gibbon
Silvery Gibbon
Saiga Antelope
Saiga Antelope

Darwin's Fox
Darwin Fox
Iberian Lynx
Iberian Lynx
Silver Pika
Silver Pika

For more information about endangered, critically endangered species and those which are extinct in the wild, take a look at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the IUCN Red List.

18 thoughts on “A World Without…

  1. It’s a shame to see them go, but not really. It’s the way of things, and the way we are. And that doesn’t look like changing for the better any time soon.

  2. It sure is devastating for the creatures, but if you emotionalise it you will be unhappy and that doesn’t help the human condition that is in part responsible for the disappearance of species.

    And as far as I can see the only chance for peace on earth, and for the creatures, is for those who can to realise it where we are, inside. Because if I can’t do it for me, find peace in me, I surely won’t be able to do it for anyone or anything else.

  3. When the time came for the Arakan Forest Turtle ,
    I remained silent;
    I was not a turtle.
    When it took away the Socorro Dove,
    I remained silent;
    I was not a pidgeon.

    When time came for the Snow Leopards,
    I did not speak out;
    I was not a cat.

    When they came for the others,
    I remained silent;
    I was not one of them.

    When time came for me,
    there was no one left to speak out.

    So, I was happy to pass from the desserted dust bowl I had depleted of every resource and now floated with the other flotsam in space unable to even sustain little old me.

    Sustainability. Planet, People, Profit. It works or, consequently, it doesn’t. The answers without lie within.

  4. Raf,

    Being sustainable means having a planet to live on that supports us. It is ecological as much as economical and social. It is about a systemic balance not about the extremes in counter balance – which tends to happen when resources disappear. When it comes to the planet’s resources, there won’t be a bailout package.

    The rate of species extinction is a warning sign to us. All of us. On the one hand, I do not think that is too dire to admit while on the other hand a meglomaniacal belief perseverence is counter productive: dangerous.

    Yet, it is pretty to think it has no ultimate bearing on us at a rate of one or two species at a time….

  5. Richard, I’m not sure what your point is since your link is to a ‘for profit’ business. You are well meaning but you miss the point. The acquisition of profit is the satisfaction of greed and greed never has enough, it’s insatiable, that’s its nature, human nature as it is now. It doesn’t matter how you regulate or package it you are still only regulating or dressing up greed, wanting what I don’t need now. And greed remains, always finding a way around being regulated, good PR is one such.

    It is human nature that has to change and it doesn’t look like happening, does it? The only thing that really changes man is tragedy, in my and your life the only thing that has enabled change is enough pain from what is not good. Is this not so? And if you don’t do it where you are it doesn’t happen. It’s the same for the race, only enough tragedy and pain will change Man.

    And in this world you have to make a profit or you don’t eat. So the inevitable is around the corner, whether it’s the next one or the next. Who knows, who cares? What’s the worlds response to global warming, war or starvation and sexual slavery but more of the same in a different package, PR. Lemmings to the sea.

    What everybody seems to overlook in existence is that every body dies. That includes everything, no exceptions. And everything has its time and place or there is no integrity to being in existence, in which case nothing matters anyway. So there is nothing wrong except in the mind that perceives it to be.

    And everybody has their role to play so lets get on with it without self delusion and do our best and not get too serious. 🙂 Lest we get unhappy, which is why we want in the first place. Oh dear, round and round we go.

    Is there a way out for the individual? Yep!

  6. Hi Mark,

    I know your background with corporations has not been as sweet as mine, lucky enough I am to run my own show, but the profit motive is not founded on greed. It is founded on sustainable practices: to keep making profit and shareholder (vs. raider) value. In the citrus juice business, this means planting and reaping. In fact, reaping what one sows is a very fine analogy of Biblical proportions, hand in hand with protecting the profit garden.

    Citrus prevents scurvy, which is a benefit to people. People buy it, which creates a profit for the sellers. Sellers protect their orchards, which benefits the environment.

    The history of corporations, from whence the concept comes from, is government. Governments formed corporations much like agencies today to deal with specific needs/projects. The European idea that governments were caretakers of the planet and that the king’s land or commons was cared for only by divine right is tied to this. I see this to parallel the modern day captains of industry – who control the global governments. (I am an advocate of self-regulation with government oversight – a whole different topic for another time.)

    This functioning cycle of reaping and sowing can and does breakdown, I have no argument there. There are dysfunctional managements like Enron for a really good bad example. I disagree with you that the breakdown is inevitable. I disagree that anything is inevitable given sufficient time to act.

    I disagree that the extinction of a species is inevitable or furthers the good of us all. That’s the point in alluding to the poem above.

    My paradigm: good for us; good for you; good for me. Planet; People; Profit. In fewer words for Raf: sustainability.

    Interface Carpets, Tesla Motors, Tylenol, The Regional Environmental Committee…. while not endless, the list of good corporations is long. Add to that list my company. Not every company’s management gets warm fuzzies when we present a future of sustainable practice to the way the company relates to its communities but we do have clients so, yes, do add us and our client list to the group of companies making a profit for the right reason. I am proud to mention Interface Carpets in the same breath as my company. Battling perceptions on their behalf to make the industry more welcoming to adopting a positive attitude towards sustainable practice is another function of PR.

    You sound like typical management in perceiving change as a bad thing. To your credit you see change has to come from the inside first, from the individual, before it gets demonstrated. The “individual” of a corporation is its management, and the employees being merely the appendages of the corporation. Management needs to be aligned with sustainability before it can follow sustainable practice before the corporation can be sustainable at its soul and perceived this ay on the outside.

    Our slogan: “Control the light to manage perception.” Consider that the verbs the other way around presents a perceptual solution in an unsustainable proposition.

    Negative reinfocrement techniques are not as successful in the long run as positivce ones. In fact, complacency can result from simply avoiding consequences, like changing the channel when the OXFAM commercial comes on the TV showing starving African children. However, to see species after species go extinct around us…. what more does one need for a negative motivator?

    Let’s not get complacent about it. It’s not a blasee thing to see death by extinction or “The Death of Birth” around us. This is not nature’s way. But it is an omen of our own extinction (the extinction of corporations too) if we squander the time and do not act.

    What we need is a positive destiny to be presented to us, IMHO, for which we can aspire with our collective individual efforts.

    All the best,
    Richard Whipple

    Interface – the change we need:

  7. Richard, you miss the point and don’t make sense. But that’s your job, isn’t it, to put a gloss on the unsustainable. Profit is greed, taking out what you didn’t put in and don’t need. And no matter how you regulate or PResent it the result is the same. Less in the larder. The HAVES squirreling it away while the rest eat PR bullshit. And if you think anything lasts in existence you probably didn’t notice the sun go down, then rise, then go down again. Death, of everything, is fundamental to existence. Without it nothing new can be. That’s nature’s way.

    A positive destiny to which we can aspire? Sounds like the priests promising a better time in heaven, if only we don’t sin against the greedy god profit. Trying to control the light to manage perception. Open the curtains for fuck sake. Your transparent foolishness will surely reap as it sows.

    In fact you sound like you may be overreaching, are you breaking up? It often happens when people come to believe their own crap, next thing they’re putting it on an altar.

    No thanks, been there, done that. I enjoy my life now, death and all.

  8. Thanks for the pictures. They make me think about how animals have an innocence that is indestructible, even if the animals themselves are destroyed in the end. A sad subject. One of my favorite quotes: “If a lion could talk, we could not understand him.” (Ludwig Wittgenstein)

  9. That was Early Wittgenstein. Late Wittgenstein became tormented: “Language is a labyrinth of paths. You approach from one side and know your way about; you approach the same place from another side and no longer know your way about” (Investigations 203). : )

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