This: The Northern White Rhino is extinct in the wild.
It’s been all over the news. There is one male left in a nature reserve in Kenya, under heavy guard. They have been killed by poachers who kill for the horn which is sold in Asia as a remedy for everything. There are five of them left, two females in the reserve, two in zoos, and Sudan, the only male left. There will be no babies, not in our lifetime, in all likelyhood. Cells, eggs and sperm will be stored until it is possible to bring the babies to term in either another host, or ex-utero. Greed, ignorance, superstition, and more greed have robbed the word of yet another species.
Why should we care?
We must care, because we lose so many species, every day. Diversity is what makes an environment strong. Every ecological niche, every special environment, from dry desert to deep ocean has living organisms in it. Each of these organisms is specialized in a way that it can live there. Without biodiversity, we would not have fertile soils, a multitude of crops and fruit, a multitude of animals. Diversity is what makes life on this planet adaptable to change. Diversity makes us stand in awe and wonder in a forest, marvel while diving in the oceans, being amazed as we look at flowering cacti in the desert and being scared by the viper that was hidden in the sand… Biodiversity is what makes us able to find new drugs, to breed new crop varieties, to batlle diseases… I could go on and on, but you get the point.
So, on behalf of all humans, I’m ashamed. No, there is little use to pointing fingers at ‘those Asians’ whose superstition brought this particular species to extinction. We all are to blame. Greed is universal. So is ignorance and superstition. The only thing that helps here is education, good medical care, good working and living conditions for all people. This makes them free to care, too. The least we can do is not look away.
More rambling: I found a layout I like, and now it’s reorganizing, rewriting pages and menus and hoping that I’ll be happy with that and can focus on posts, not layout (although it’s fun, I enjoy it, but it is also time-consuming).There will be changes over the next few days.
I’m changing Writerly Wednesday to Writerly Weekday because I think the focus of the blog moves a bit more towards writing.
Monday MOOCs are on a backburner because I’m not in the mood for studying right now. I know this will change again, but right now, nope, too much else on my plate. So I make it a general ‘Learning’ page.
There will be the occasional ramble that is not on Fridays, so the Flighty Friday is changing to Alive and Personal, where random ramblings, Share your World, Flighty Friday and the like will be gathered. Does anyone even care? I doubt it. But the scheme I used has put me under enough pressure to keep up the three posts per week policy, so I’m rather proud. There’s no reason not to fall back on that if I run out of topics (which can be at any time, I’m flighty like that).
Weekend Woofs will remain as they are.
Are you still reading? Wow! Here’s finally Share Your World Week 15. I don’t have much to answer to this week’s questions, that’s why I put it at the end. Thank you, Cee, for providing these questions week after week. It’s fun to contribute and read other people’s replies.
1. Regarding your fridge, is it organized or a mess inside?
It’s pretty organized.
Have you ever been a participant in a parade? What did you do?
How do you stand out from the crowd?
How many bones, if any, have you broken?
Err… sorry, I’m boring. Have a good weekend, everyone.