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You would have thought that our first priority would be to ask what
the ecologists are finding out, because we have to live within the
conditions and principles they define. Instead, we’ve elevated the
economy above ecology.
– David Suzuki
I think of ecology as the “Saving the Earth” movement — Earth Day, lobbying for Clean Air, Pete Seeger’s campaign to clean up the Hudson River, confronting Climate Change deniers . . . and scientists working on ideas like this one:
I did notice that they just brushed by the ‘safely storing it underground’ part, and phasing out fossil fuels as an energy source was also left hanging, but if dirty energy power plants can put out less carbon dioxide, that would certainly be better than doing nothing.
But there are two definitions of Ecology. The other one is “the branch of biology that deals with the relations of organisms to one another and to their physical surroundings.” This bird migration project in the Netherlands is an example.
But after watching this video, I’m afraid I had an entirely unscientific reaction.
I really wanted to talk to that second female Honey Buzzard:
“Honey, if he wouldn’t wait for her when she got caught in a dust storm, what makes you think he won’t dump you for some other buzzard-babe the minute things get a little rough? Then you’ll find yourself, just like his ex, trying to make it work with some lame buzzard-guy who got passed over by all the other buzzard-honeys because he flunked Nest-Building 101.
Think about the future, when your feathers aren’t so shiny and you don’t fly so fast. I’m just sayin’ — Sisterhood . . . Loyalty . . . Y’know?”