Layers of problems in regards to the human species and the Monarch Butterfly
“We are on a collision course to global disaster with a dangerous disconnect between the political timetable and what science is warning us.”
Elizabeth May, Green Party of Canada – from the19th Conference of the Parties (COP19) under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Nov. 19th in Warsaw, Poland
In November 2012 my wife Francis and I were privileged to visit the Pismo Beach butterfly grove in California.
It was fascinating to witness the large clusters of 100’s of butterflies . . .
Scores of the “monarchs” were simultaneously in flight . . .
Our visit was somewhat alarming because the beautiful monarch butterflies are in trouble. Posted at the grove was the chart shown below. and it clearly indicates a declining population. I think the Monarch is trying to tell us something!
Although the monarch is not considered an “endangered species”, their normal migratory patterns and habitat in North America is being altered, and this is leading to their decline.
Scientists aren’t exactly certain, though evidence strongly indicates that disruption to the Monarchs is caused by a combination of climate change and industrial scale production of “round-up ready” soybeans and corn – the GMO (genetically modified organism) patented variety. Increasing droughts and the use of herbicide indiscriminately kills milkweed which is the main source of food for the monarch butterflies.
Sadly, a large proportion of corn and soybean presently grown in the USA is not used for food but for the manufacture of bio-fuels, and ironically, it’s production and combustion further accentuates climate change.
I’ll conclude with excerpts from a report by Elizabeth May who is a delegate at the current UN Climate Conference in Warsaw.
A World Bank Report on Loss and Damage released today said that by 2030, 325 million people could be both very poor and living in areas very susceptible to extreme weather events. By mid-century, the report estimates the losses due to climate change to the world’s coastal cities alone could come to $1 trillion/year, every year. . .
The issue called “loss and damage” comes to this: the community of nations, particularly the industrialized world, having failed to reduce emissions sufficient to avoid climate damage, having failed to assist developing countries to put in place robust adaptation measures to reduce damage from killer weather events, the poorest of the poor are getting hit with massive storms for which they are unprepared. . .
This is like the point on the Titanic when lifeboats were only available for First Class passengers.