Last week a mama bear and two cubs were in the woods behind our apartment, probably the same bears described in the Caldwell Patch. The management company told us to be careful. It’s fall, the bears are fattening up for the winter, and for bears there’s a food shortage.
There was also a bear near my office. The security lady offered to escort me to my car, but this isn’t Alaska or Yellowstone, this is New Jersey. Here bears prefer eating our plentiful garbage to eating us.
But pity the poor mama bear who was seen trying to drag her dead cub off an NJ highway. Perhaps she was the same mama bear seen sitting in a dumpster next to her dead cub (tossed there by animal control people). We humans can take comfort from friends, pop valium, get drunk, even blow our brains out if we can’t take more. All mama bear can do is sit by her dead cub in pain and confusion.
What a terrible place we have made this planet for fellow beings. While we spend billions and billions (oh, Carl Sagan) of dollars looking for microbes on Mars and searching for ET, we have alien species right under our noses rummaging in our garbage. What do we do? Some of us run over their children. Others like to murder them for fun.
As I enter what is likely the last decade of my life, I am profoundly ashamed to be human. There are no limits to our excess except the capacity of our planet to feed us. Science tells us we are already consuming resources 40% faster than nature can replace them. What happened to those poor mama bears is a microcosm of what is going to happen to many humans in the not-so-distant future.
The ice is melting, the oceans are dying, and the human population expands relentlessly. Here in America we don’t want no stinking government telling us how many kids we can have, except of course that a certain political party wants to deny government funding for birth control and Planned Parenthood, causing women to have MORE babies than they want.
If there is one thing that should decide your vote in the 2012 election, it is the environment. Those guys who claim global warming is hoohah and would gut the EPA of all power to regulate pollution? Put ’em on an iceberg (while you can still find one) and vote for that serious guy who is betting on green energy.
I’ll tell you why, since politicians are afraid to tell you. Our planet is overpopulated and overheating. Our ecosystem is crumbling. Within the lifetime of everyone currently in high school there will be storms and heat such as we have never seen, crop failures, water shortages, floods, starvation, wars over natural resources, refugees and death in numbers you cannot conceive.
Don’t think you are safer in the United States. We are more vulnerable than subsistence cultures. How long did it take Katrina to knock down civilization enough that the guns came out? Less than two weeks.