Homo sapiens, that species of which we are members, is an astonishing organism. We have learned, invented, ventured, discovered, and done things that no other species in the five billion years of our planet’s history has ever accomplished.
And yet for all our brilliance, we might be responsible for actually destroying ourselves.
Other organisms have flourished on this planet, some for far longer than we humans. Other organisms, plants and animals, have become extinct even after surviving hundreds of millions of years. Other organisms on Earth have even died as a result of their own success, using up the resources on which they depend, or destroying the very environment which sustained them.
But we are almost certainly the first organism in the entire life of our planet which may be aware that we could be in the process of self-destruction, and yet continue head-long down this self-defeating path.
Look at what we have been able to do! We’ve invented everything from writing to ships, from inter-space travel to the internet. We’ve discovered vaccines for small pox and learned how to reattach severed limbs. We’ve electrified almost every square meter of earth’s living space, we drive everything from cars and planes to gas balloons and drones.
But somehow we seem only halfheartedly convinced that our environmental pollution could kill us, and that wars are a poor way to resolve our differences.
Life is dangerous, and not every serious danger is of our own making. And there are many who are doing more than their bit for our planet and for future generations.
Let’s do everything we can to make sure they are the ones who win this life-and-death battle.