All Life Has Consciousness | Carl Safina | Are Humans Capable of Letting Other Life Continue?

There is Love on Earth Besides Humans

There is Love on Earth Besides Humans

Carl Safina, PhD in ecology, conservationist, writer

Carl Safina, PhD in ecology, conservationist and writer

I am very grateful to have discovered Carl Safina’s work and this TED talk just a day previous to posting this. Tears ran down my cheeks as I watched and listened to this scientist’s portrayal of animals, and of humans. Tears continued to stream from my eyes after I listened to his last words. I am so disappointed and basically frustrated with what humans deem as important.

I was about to write a blog about Borders? Why are Human Beings ‘Not Allowed’ to Walk Around on the Earth? However, to me, putting this concept out there of recognizing the importance of all other life forms besides humans, is far more important than the absurd political scenarios that humans impose on one another. What we are doing to the natural world and to other life forms, with our over-population, degradation of the environment, human-induced global warming and inciting a mass extinction, to me, far outweighs any of the absurd things that humans are doing to each other. Carl Safina does not by any means bypass this subject in his talk. He says, what humans do to other empathetic creatures is also what they do to one another.

Animals, Carl Safina, Empathy, Sympathy, Compassion

Animals Carl Safina Empathy Sympathy Compassion

I felt an urgent need to immediately post this to both blogs. I feel very sorry for those humans who do not feel compassion and awe with nature and all of life. I thank my parents that nature and an appreciation for all life forms was revered. I grew up with National Geographic and Smithsonian magazines in the home, and was curated to think way beyond my immediate vicinity.

I recently lauded friends who regularly inform and urge people to think about the protection of animals and wilderness. I mention this in association with a concept that is part of a new mode of thinking, systems thinking, seeing all life forms as interrelated. Human beings should prioritize protecting all other life forms, rather than destroying them and wiping out their habitats without any consideration whatsoever. The various bloody traditions of various cultures that consider it ‘sport’ to kill wolves, whales, bulls is disgraceful. The massive consumption of cows, pigs, chickens and use of land to feed these animals needs to be stopped. Wiping out wild horses and donkeys and other creatures because some believe that by eating particular speciality foods that they somehow will maintain their health or erections, also are dramatically mis-informed. Creatures penned in horrible conditions, blood baths and slaughters because of tradition, must all be reconsidered. People need to be educated. It begins with all of us communicating to one another.

The concept of actually recognizing that we share the same genetics and similar brains and spinal cords with other creatures perhaps will bring about a different sense of empathy.

It is the Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh who introduces the concept of inter-being; all life is intricately related.

With a PhD in ecology, conservationist and writer Carl Safina has written several books and papers and has studied various species in their habitat. He was invited by Greenpeace to witness the changing climate in the Arctic and the impacts of industrial fishing on the marine environment.

Human brain is merely a larger size of the Chimpanzee Brain

Human brain exact replica of Chimpanzee brain, merely larger

Dolphin brain larger than human brain, with more convolutions

Dolphin brain larger than human brain, with more convolutions

In his TED talk Safina asks:

“What’s going on inside the brains of animals? Can we know what, or if, they’re thinking and feeling? Carl Safina thinks we can. Using discoveries and anecdotes that span ecology, biology and behavioral science, he weaves together stories of whales, wolves, elephants and albatrosses to argue that just as we think, feel, use tools and express emotions, so too do the other creatures – and minds – that share the Earth with us.”

Animals, Carl Safina, Albatros, Plastic

Animals Carl Safina Albatross nest on most remote islands Full of Plastic

6 month fledgling, Albatross, packed with cigarette lighters

6 month fledgling Albatross Death packed with cigarette lighters

Of the 22 species of albatross recognized by the IUCN, all are listed as at some level of concern; 3 species are Critically Endangered, 5 species are Endangered, 7 species are Near Threatened, and 7 species are Vulnerable.

Welcome Human Life with pics of Animals - Shared Lifes in the World

Welcome Human Life with pics of Animals – Shared Lifes in the World

Since humans tend to adorn the rooms of their new born babies with images of the other creatures with which we share our planet, in which every animal of Noah’s Ark is now in mortal danger, instead of asking the question Do animals love us?, We need to ask, Are human beings capable of letting other life continue?

Carl Safina states, “From all I’ve seen, my main conclusion is that at this point in history, nature and human dignity require each other. Where wild places are destroyed, wild animals lost, and the world degraded and polluted, not only is that itself a great loss for the world, but for people in degraded places it becomes almost impossible to maintain a dignified existence.”

This article in the USA Today describes that global warming continues, with each year breaking record temperatures of the previous.”NOAA’s analysis does not include data from the Arctic, while NASA’s does, NOAA climate scientist Deke Arndt said. The Arctic has been warming faster than any part of the world.”

“This announcement should shock no one,” said Lou Leonard of the World Wildlife Fund. “The key question is what we do about it. With the costs of inaction piling up, Washington, D.C., is largely looking the other way. So it is up to a new class of leaders from American businesses, universities, cities and states to pick up the slack.”

Elephants as in every other species, become who they are

Elephants as in every other species, become who they are

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Proper Disposal of Batteries and Electronics > Mercury Poisoning | Health Hazards of CFL’s and LED’s

A week ago I had a conversation with a few people at an art gallery, triggered through the woman’s art, which portrayed all of these different fungi, lichens and ferns. I wouldn’t have noticed this on her paintings at first, had another woman not pointed these out, because of her familiarity with these types of species. A guy there, engineer I believe, mentioned that we all talk about the dangers of a warming earth, but what concerns him more is the improper disposal of batteries (of which the modern world has a prodigious amount) which contain mercury. He’s more worried about heavy metals. Mercury leaking into soil and water is not a good thing. If the mercury in batteries and metals in electronic devices are not recycled or disposed of properly, these heavy metals can leak into soil and water. Here are some fact sheets about mercury.

He delivered this information which I absolutely had no clue about, that the fairly recent countrywide switchover (in the USA) from the standard incandescent bulbs 60, 75 and 100 watt light bulbs to (CFL) compact fluorescent light and (LED) light-emitting diode, is of much more concern, because they emit radiation and contain mercury. Turns out that the former standard was of low cost, safe to make, inexpensive to produce and safe if they break (except for broken glass). Turns out the new (longer lasting) low energy bulbs are more expensive, and potentially harmful.

Someone – a handful of companies – have made a lot of money, as the entire country stopped the production of the former, removing them from the market entirely, as if they were toxic, to replace them with the twisty/coiled ‘lower energy’ bulbs – CFL’s – that actually are toxic. They are said to potentially emit higher levels of radiation.

Energy blog National Geographic Health Concerns with Light

Energy blog National Geographic Health Concerns with Light

“As it turns out, all fluorescent light bulbs contain mercury vapor, which emits a lot of UV rays when hit with an electric current.” This article by NPR discusses it.

This gentleman said that “If one were to break in your home, you should immediately get out of that room so as not to inhale the fumes, and be careful of how you dispose of them; they are too toxic to put in normal trash.

How did this happen, without anyone having a clue of their repercussions? What kind of marketing and government subsidies did this manufacturer(s) receive? There seem to not be many. Wait a moment. Frankly, I just want to get this post out there for you, the reader, to be aware and to investigate for yourself how much you want to use this type of lighting.

National Geographic has an informative article “Separating Myth From Fact on CFL and LED Light Bulbs: Five Concerns Addressed

More importantly, go through the effort when discarding old batteries, bulbs or electronic devices, to go to a recycling center near you that will dispose of these materials properly, rather than just throwing it in the trash.

I need to post, and leave mistakes until i have internet access to edit! Sorry, limited time presently! I’m teaching skiing at and it’s spring break, crowded!