Nature does not need us to survive but, we do need nature. We cannot be ourselves without this planet yet we take it for granted, like many other things in our lives.
On one hand, what all species have in common is that they must adapt to be able to survive. On the other hand, a fundamental factor that differentiates humans from other species, is that change does not only come from the inside but also from the outside. Instead of transforming themselves, for centuries, humans have transformed their own reality into a more habitable one, to ensure survival. This alteration of reality does not take into account the flora, fauna or even other humans who are not profiting from the survival conditions.
The main problem is that we, as individuals of the human race, have a huge complex of superiority and it is this kind of mind-set that does not allow us to progress from being primitive beings. We behave like animals however we are below that because instead of functionally contributing and harmonically being part of the symbiosis of ecosystems, we take what we want and we destroy them. We are like cancer for the Earth and right now we are at the peak moment of metastasis. Yet this does not mean there is no cure.
When we produce ideas, these influence our acts and therefore who we are. It seems to be that there is a contagious idea/instinct running through the modern world and that is to take all you can because if you can, it means you deserve it. If we constantly define ourselves as superior beings due to our elevated state of consciousness, then why do we still behave like savages?
I’m sure that many are aware of the fact that we are living in an era of mass extinction yet we are barely doing anything to change things. If we don´t want to belong to the category of animals, then we must not make the same mistake as the baboon who eats all the berries and has non left. We are consuming scarce resources and using them to exponentially increase demographic growth, which then leads to more consumption and more growth entering a negative spiral of debt with the planet which gave us life.
Rainforests only cover around 2% of the total surface area of the Earth, but really about 50% of the flora & fauna on the earth live in the rainforest.
Tropical Rainforests store more than 210 gigatons of carbon and deforestation is the cause of 15% of carbon emissions.
If rainforests continue to decline at this pace, then about 5%-10% of their species will go extinct every 10 years.
What can we do?
There are many things we can do but the first I would say is to learn to appreciate the fruits of nature. After this we will know how to vote with our wallets. We can´t put our money in banks with no awareness of where that money is going to be invested (Dakota-Pipeline financed by big banks etc…) to be able to give you a deposit interest rate. We have to put our money in places where there will be positive externalities.
We are all in this together and if we keep having a mind-set of discrimination then we will never be able to unite our forces to heal the thing we all share in common, the Earth.