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Friday, 28 November 2014

A planet we rent.

I often hear or read a lot about how humans are killing the planet or polluting it and sensationalist phrases along those lines. 

This is probably the shortest blog I will ever write because today on the day that people have shown once again that greed will ride over any sense of decency (yes Black Friday I am looking at you). There has been some excellent news from the Ukraine (for a change) that brown bears are shown to have returned to the area for the first time in 100 years

Interestingly they have not just returned but returned to the exclusion zone which was set up following the Chernobyl incident in 1986.

What is amazing or at least to me amazing about this is that it shows what can happen when nature is allowed to get on with it without human interference. There are a number of websites that contain images people have taken from brief visits to Prypiat including this excellent video of a drone being flown around the city. 

Now the exclusion zone is huge, and I can't imagine areas of that size being completely turned back over to nature. At least not for any other reason than humans physically can't live there. However in the week in which the Jurassic World trailer hit the internet it reminds me of one thing;

We do not own this world, we may be the most destructive force that the planet has seen however we are nothing more than renters. Actually no we are squatters on the world, it will be here after we are gone just as it was here long before we evolved. 

I just hope it does not evict us any time soon.

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