Why Should Loss of Nature Concern You?
Sadly, too many people have been isolated from nature from an early age. They have never experienced it first hand and therefore feel no emotional attachment to it. Such people think that nature enthusiasts and activists are misplacing their emotions when they plead for the preservation of local forests, farm lands, marshes, lakes and wildlife habitats.
Are you someone who doesn’t give nature a second thought? Do you take nature for granted, believing that it will take care of itself or that it doesn’t affect you? Have you determined that nature takes up so much of the earth that it will never disappear? Or have you never truly “seen” nature to the point that it is virtually non-existent to you? Or is it just not that important to you and your life?
I’m hoping the facts and theories that I’ll be presenting throughout this site will give you an insight that you never considered in the past. Perhaps this information will help convince you that you should be concerned about the loss of nature.
Man: The Disruptive Element
Man has the uncanny ability to disrupt the balance of nature which ultimately results in disaster. Man interferes by killing off certain animals, thereby enabling other species to overtake an area. This causes an imbalance that affects the food chain.
Nature is designed to take care of itself. Species are created to ensure survival of the fittest. Larger animals feed off smaller ones. Trees provide shelter for wildlife. Plants feed all manner of wildlife. When one of these elements is reduced or removed (annihilated), the creatures that rely on that plan also suffer from starvation and are at the mercy of predators.
Trees clean our air so we can breathe. As the air becomes dirty, the trees have an increasingly bigger job to do. In time, the job becomes too big and the trees suffer and die, since they also need clean air to survive. They also need clean, rich land and water as do all creates and all aspects of nature.
What happens when bulldozers move in?
First they take out the trees, rolling over flat areas (pastures and meadows) to get to them. They ruthlessly knock down entire forests in a matter of hours. Any wildlife residing therein is doomed, unless it can take flight either through the air or quickly across the land. Those that cannot flee head underground to their homes for protection, not realizing that their entrances will be blocked and their homes flattened, killing them or trapping them inside their dens. Young ones are particularly vulnerable.
The machines will remove the trees that are now lying across the acreage and begin leveling the land by removing the top soil. Any animals that survived the demolition end up crushed by the bulldozers and the moving soil.
Those animals that do manage to escape, often leaving their young behind, are confused and afraid. They stray onto busy roadways and into built-up areas to safety. When they enter neighborhoods, they risk being killed from traffic or being shot by nervous people who see them as threats.
After being chased through a Newmarket neighborhood, this black bear sought refuge in a tree. This is where the bear was cornered by police who then shot and killed it.
Recently, a couple of bears wandered into our suburb just north of Toronto – a well built-up area. The first one was fortunate. The Ministry of Natural Resources staff got to him in time and was able to tranquilize him and move him to a safe area. The second was not so fortunate. After being chased around the neighborhood all weekend, the police finally cornered it in a backyard. The bear was running back and forth, scaling fences to escape. He finally climbed a tree where he took refuge from his pursuers, only to be shot dead by the nervous police. Neighbors were in an uproar. The bear never threatened anyone. This bear did not have to die.
Killdeer live on the ground where they are at the mercy of bulldozers.
Last week when I found thousands of acres that had been stripped bare by bulldozers, birds were flying and darting frantically around the area, screeching repetitively. Cave swallows and killdeer nest on or near the ground, but below them was nothing but caked mud as far as the eye can see, their nests and young gone.