Goodbye, and Thanks for all the Fish

This was a famous facetious tag-line in the popular book (and film), The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Now it appears to be true.

The film showed dolphins leaping joyously out of the ocean when called by their space friends to evacuate the Earth.

However, the truth is not quite so ecstatic. It appears the Earth is actually running out of fish -- as a foodsource, that is.

By 2048.

What happened to caring for the Earth for the next seven generations (also the name of a popular ecological manufacturer)? We're talking: this generation.

The disappearance of fish species is attributed to overfishing, pollution, habitat loss, and climate change.

In one newspaper account of the study, an industry official was quoted as basically saying, 'no problem, we'll just switch to farmed fish.'

As if it were that easy. Destroy the environment and regrow it in a lab.

One wonders why we are seeing reports of aggressive stingrays, and elephants rampaging as if they have PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). Or is it post-human stress disorder?

Could it be that "Mother" Nature is reacting?

The more I read, the more those 'channeled entities' of the 80's and 90's, who seemed so far-out at the time (well, I was still a Wall Street lawyer), seem to be Cassandras.

It's no longer 'save the [name your species];' the rallying cry seems to be, 'save all species.'

I still see bulldozers clear-cutting locally, destroying thousands of habitats. It's an arrogance that presumes that our species is supreme, and has the right to destroy others for its own advancement, without limits.

In bioethics we call that: speciescentrism.

Let's hope a broader sanity prevails.