I heard some lady on the radio today complain about a local city who cut down a tree and displaced a large swarm of Monarch butterflies and was pleading for help so that this evil city would stop “harming the environment”.
What’s worse, this crazy lady actually said that she hugs trees. Seriously. I mean, for her, treehugging isn’t just a cute label, she actually does it.
These people are idiots.
She also made the argument that lots of species are going extinct and somehow that’s a bad thing. That’s really what prompted me to write this article, because such claims are ridiculous and illogical on their face. There are an estimated 8.5 million species on the planet. There doesn’t have to be that many and there can be more. Species come into existence and go extinct every single day, with or without our help. Extinction is a natural part of the life cycle of this planet, it’s something that goes on whether we pay any attention to it or not. However, to a lot of hyper-environmentalists, the loss of any species is a travesty. That’s why they demand extreme measures to counteract the loss of habitat of any species they come across that isn’t doing as well as they’d like to think it should. There are local desert tortoises which are required, by law, to live in fenced off areas, complete with their own little bridges under the freeway so they don’t get squashed. There are waterways which cannot be improved because it might impact local fish populations. In fact, this story is part of a city’s move to spent $200 million dollars to improve a wetlands area, which this bitch is whining about because the improvement might impact some butterflies.
The reality is, human activity is also part of the natural process. What we do may very well drive animal species to extinction, but guess what? That might not be a bad thing for the environment. It might not be a good thing either. It simply is a thing. It’s an unfortunate reality that a lot of people think that just because a thing has been the way that it is, that it ought to be the way that it is.
I’m not against intelligent environmentalism though. Let’s take tigers. I like tigers. I had a friend a long time ago who was very outspoken about saving the Sumatran tiger. But the question is why? If the Sumatran tiger went extinct, what specific effect would it have on the planet’s ecosystem? None. But in going extinct, perhaps it would open an ecological niche for another animal to rise in it’s place. That’s how evolution works. Old species die, new species arise. Our emotional attachment to any particular species is not rational. If it dies, it dies. More are on the way, and if they’re not, if the overall biological diversity decreases, then life goes on. And if we kill off so many species that it harms our ability to remain on this planet, then we die and the planet resets. The planet isn’t harmed by humanity, it will go on long after we’re gone, until the sun expands as a red giant and engulfs it. Outside of that and the occasional rogue planetoid, the Earth has nothing to worry about. We do. But we shouldn’t be concerned because we never want anything to change, but because we do things that actually cause demonstrable harm to our own survival.
I’m not saying we should shoot animals and drive them to extinction for no reason, but neither should we cling to every single species of bullfrog and mosquito because they’ve always been here and we’d be uncomfortable not to see them anymore. There has to be a rational middle ground between living life as the planet’s dominant species and being irresponsible with the planet’s resources. We have to eat. If we end up killing off a particular species of deer or cattle while eating, so be it. If we end up killing off all deer and cattle, there’s probably an issue. We need to learn and adapt. We need to set reasonable limits. We need to accept change, but not purposely cause change for no good reason. These hyper-emotional environmental types who are hugging trees and complaining about butterflies being inconvenienced, that’s just another example of liberal whining and I am ever so sick of liberal whining.