Specialty: Third Largest Island in the world, known for its exotic wildlife and flora n fauna. Darwin once described it as: “one great luxuriant hothouse made by nature for herself”.
In news: A lung less frog, a frog that flies and a slug that shoots love darts are among 123 new species found in Borneo since 2007 in a project to conserve one of the oldest rain forests in the world.
The scientists’ discoveries include the world’s longest known stick insect at 56.7 cm, a flame-colored snake and a frog that flies and changes its skin and eye colour. In total, 67 plants, 29 invertebrates, 17 fish, five frogs, three snakes and two lizards and a brand new species of bird were discovered.
For complete news go to: http://beta.thehindu.com/sci-tech/energy-and-environment/article408114.ece
My instinct: Plzzzzzzzzz…leave them alone…..the best way to conserve is to not find them, not discover them, plzzzzz do not encroach their territory. We are the most shameless creature I have ever seen. We keep on listing the endangered species and finally we discover that they are extinct. I think when something is discovered by humans, it should automatically be listed in endangered list. Because somehow we’ll end up consuming it in part or whole. Does our bowel malfunction, if we don’t mess up with nature? No….
But yes we like to finger each and every aspect of anything and everything. If we don’t find something new, our civilization’s progress stops.
I know, biologically it is very helpful for us to understand how nature works and to find cure to many diseases and also helps us in understanding the adaptability concept of different species. But however, good our intentions may be, we cannot deny that we do harm them, innocently or deliberately. We are the biggest poachers, if you ask me.
I remember a dialogue from movie Matrix, where agent Smith has held Morpheus as captive and is torturing him.
- I’d like to share a revelation I’ve had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species. I realized that you’re not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with their surrounding environment, but you humans do not. You move to an area, and you multiply, and you multiply, until every natural resource is consumed. The only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You are a plague, and we … are the cure.
- Have you ever stood and stared at it, marveled at its beauty, its genius? Billions of people just living out their lives, oblivious. Did you know that the first Matrix was designed to be a perfect human world, where none suffered, where everyone would be happy? It was a disaster. No one would accept the program, entire crops were lost. Some believed we lacked the programming language to describe your perfect world, but I believe that, as a species, human beings define their reality through misery and suffering.
His words still have that fear imbibed in me. He is so write, we are a virus. We consume and consume and consume and that is the thing we are most consummate in.
We only like to conserve because we are worried that we won’t have anything to consume later. And when I say WE, it is all of us. Those who are making efforts are constantly being over populated by those who are violating the natural law of equilibrium and those who say WE are not involved atleast, please think twice. Be aware, you must be consuming (or using) a lot of facilities for your comforts which makes you guilty as much as those who are committing it.
Wake up….Wake up….Wake up…..