Are Any of Them Pests? Maybe – Just Maybe – We Humans are the Real Pests
A Brief Commentary by Doug Draper
Posted July 2nd, 2020 on Niagara At Large
Like that old Pete Seeger song ‘Turn, Turn, Turn, with words borrowed from the biblical Book of Book of Ecclesiastes, tries to tell us; To everything … there is a season … and a time to every purpose under heaven.
Whether you believe in heaven or not, there is a purpose for every living creature on this earth, even the ones I dislike the most like mosquitos and Yellowjackets.
Choose any living creature you want and do a little research on them if you believe in science, and I hope at least some of you still do. Each and every creature on this planet plays an important role in the web of life we humans are part of and ultimately depend on for our own health and survival.
Yet how often do we hear some of our fellow humans, when they see other critters, say things like; ‘Oh, that’s creepy. Kill it!’ Or; ‘Get that slimy thing out of here!’ Or; ‘Now that we’ve moved way out here in the woods and fields, we’re going to have to clear the area of those. They might attack us!’
Then there is the old stand-by; “Get rid of them. They’re pests!”
Well maybe – just maybe – humans are the real pests, including those that want to gut endangered species and other conservation and environmental protection legislation to make more room for asphalt and low-density sprawl, like the Ford government in Ontario is working to do right now – even at a time when scientists around the world are trying to tell us that we need nature to protect us against pandemics.
In that spirit, I came across this great image of a baby Opossum (and yes, we have them around here and they are very shy and harmless creatures) on a friend from Massachusetts’ Facebook page. The image, below, comes with a caption above it that is worth giving some thought –
Every living creature on this planet has a purpose and plays an important role in the web of live that makes this wonderful earth of ours habitable.
Let us all keep that in mind. And please do what you can to work with those in politics and business who are trying to stop others in politics and business from gutting rules and regulations for protecting wildlife and the habitat all forms of life need to survive!
Doug Draper, journalist and veteran environment reporter, Niagara At Large
For a recent related piece on this area, click on this story about Ontario’s Ford government moving to weaken endangered species protections in our Greater Golden Horseshoe – https://www.nationalobserver.com/2020/06/25/news/ford-government-plans-would-strip-endangered-species-protections-golden-horseshoe
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