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  • Writer's pictureDarcy Reed

Does nature repair itself?

Updated: Feb 21, 2019

I’m interested in the world’s ecosystem. In many ways the system is perfect. It was perfect, that is. I fear the worst with the insect population. The bugs are leaving. The bees are endangered. In the jungle the trees are being cut down and that right there starts the cycle of extinction.

Someday we might have to actually reproduce our own insects with technology. In fact, they already have nano robots that do things. It’s possible, I suppose, to factor in technology as the savior of the planet. We many indeed need to solve these problems with technology, ironically, the same thing that caused them.

There are bugs frozen for thousands of years in the ice that’s now melting. Who knows if they will still live when thawed out like little tardigrades in puddles. One thing I’m happy to say about nature at this point, and this is not to normalize environmental destruction, but nature actually does repair itself, so somehow another species can live or take over.

There are many surprises in store for us regarding nature. We must keep in mind that many new discoveries about how dire things are didn’t exist before. They’ve always been dire. I have faith in Mother Earth. She will prevail. I also have faith in people. They might actually solve this.

We are often concerned about Mother Earth as if we were not actually part of Mother Earth. People are creatures of the earth. People still have self-preservation instincts. People are the future saviors of the planet. With all of praying and meditating and rebuilding the planet, we can preserve it. We really can.

Perhaps the shortage of one insect type will be replaced by another. ­ An abundance of different insects could indeed rebuild their populations. The question is really not will insects survive, but will people survive. A cockroach can live for ten days with its head cut off. A politician can live even longer with his head cut off. So, perhaps we will make it.

illustration by Carolyn Reed

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