Truth be told, I found it extremely difficult to write something yesterday. 30 Days Wild gets more enjoyable, more educational and more emotional every year.
I could have talked about the highlights of the month, the new discoveries – but an overarching fear was lurking at the pit of my stomach.
Mae pethau wedi newid. Mae’n wir fy mod yn gorwedd yn yr oedran sy’n cynnig diflastod a sinigaeth (yn draddodiadol ta beth – ac yn enwedig i ddynion) ond mae hwn yn wahanol. Mae newid mawr ar dro.
So, let’s start with my personal example. A moth is found in the living room. Firstly, that doesn’t happen very often any more – and certainly not to volume of 10, 20, 30 years ago. We have sanitised our living environment by disinfecting all surrounding areas and without any care or thought for any repercussion whatsoever. We are more concerned about exterminating flies and pests with no thought beyond the present day. Has evolution deliberately brought us to this point. Is Mother Nature plotting our downfall in the most stylised way possible? We are a resilient species and perhaps the only way we can eventually be brought to check is by allowing us to inflict a fatal and self-inflicted death without our conscious recognition. Mother Nature is a wise, clever and omnipotent little trickster.
Felly, y gwyfyn:
Luckily for us, the internet now provides us with a wonderful resource to address our ignorance when it comes to wildlife identification.
Now comes a fact that we should all take time to ponder. The silver Y is a migratory moth. They can reach as far as Iceland and Greenland. Such a fragile creature flying hundreds of miles.
The ‘Silver Y’ name comes from the clear ‘y’ shape on the wing. In latin, ‘autographa gamma’ refers to a time when the Greeks (and other humans) had far more respect for the co-inhabitants of this planet. Or is that just my naivety. Perhaps they didn’t have the respect. Perhaps we never have. Perhaps Mother Nature prepared the seeds for this outcome at the very beginning.
Genesis 1:26-28 King James Version (KJV)
26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
And today, George Monbiot encapsulated everything that my mind was thinking, but I simply couldn’t put into words.
Mi roedd y weithred syml o ddarllen y geiriau yn neud i fi deimlo fel fy mod yng nghanol sgwrs gyda ‘shamans’ y gorffennol. Lleisau Coll. Gweledigaeth Coll.
And the future?
I have inspiring mentors around the world. Some I’ve met. Some I’ll never meet.
But I still believe in the old adage of look after your back yard. If everyone did the same, the effect would cover the planet.
Take a look at the link above. Click the ‘English’ button if you don’t speak Welsh. Go to the UK site if you live outside Wales.
Simply put, we work for change or we accept Mother Nature’s guidance and surrender to extinction. If that happens, I only hope that we don’t take all the co-inhabitants of planet earth with us.