I saw a Monarch Butterfly the other day. It's the first one I have seen in several years, and I spend a lot of time outdoors. Not too many years ago, they would have been fluttering about here in masses as they spend their winters around here before migrating back to Mexico. Our paranoiac fear of mosquitoes, native insects nibbling away at big agro-business' profits, and our general distaste for insect critters of all shapes and sizes is forcing many of these little guys and their relatives to go into extinction.
Just how many more species can we eradicate before a tipping point is reached ? And what will be the outcome ? Nature has always been a delicate balance. Social political correctness tends to focus on only one or two issues at a time. In my lifetime I have seen the focus shift from clean water to clean air, to reducing our birthrates, to urban expansion, and now climate change is in the headlines. Sadly, highly developed western nations have taken the lead in responsible regulation, but only in our own backyards, all the time taking advantage of developing nations' momentum to continue down the same road to destruction.
When I first heard of globalization and trade pacts beginning with NAFTA, I thought it was a good idea, because I thought those developing nations would be forced to raise their labor and environmental standards as they developed into first world economies.
Sadly though, big business saw an immensely great opportunity for quick profits and expand their worldwide imperialism if they kept those developing countries down by allowing them to exploit their labor, pollute their land, and rape their resources. So what is the solution ? Is it to give big money corporations free reign to secretly negotiate international treaties that will strip us of our rights to control the environment and our fellow countrymen's standard of living, in our own back yards, or the other side of the tracks? I think not.
A good first step would be to deny the ridiculous idea that money is speech, to place reasonable limits political action comities and require full disclosure of where their money is coming from. A second step would be to restore a full and functioning democracy by requiring every citizen to cast a ballot on each and every voting day.
Our current form of democracy is failing us. The plight of the honey bees is just another warning indicator, a drop in the bucket, when we look at the bigger picture of what is happening to our ever so delicate balance of nature.