News from the Natural World: Animals are going extinct before humans know they even existed.
The shocking discovery has been uncovered in a new UN Environment report. The report looked at the rate at which species of animals were going extinct vs the number of humans who knew the animal even existed. The algorithm for working this out was called “E = Ignorant Human²”.
The UN Environment Commission set about researching all the animals that had gone extinct in the last 10 years, they produced a sample set of data of exactly 100 animals. Once they had collected this they then interviewed 100,000 humans from all over the world to see if they had previously heard of the animal. To help the humans the interviewers gave them hints and allowed even for vague descriptions of the animal species. But the results were shocking in the extreme.
Animals going extinct before humans know they exist
Only 5% had heard of a single animal of the list. That meant that 95% of the worlds animal species were going extinct before humans, on average, knew they even shared the planet with them. What bloody minded ignorance! It was made even more traumatic for the animals that it was the humans who claimed ‘mastery’ over nature. If they were such masters of nature surely they would know the animals who lived in the natural world? Surely a true ‘master’ of nature would be supremely aware of all life on earth?
Unfortunately the humans definition of mastery differed somewhat from the animals. When humans said ‘master of nature’ they meant ‘destroyer of nature’. Humans had confused themselves and thought that possessing the ability to destroy something meant you were its master when in fact it was the opposite. Possessing the ability to grow something meant you were its master. Take the list from the UN Environment.