Climate Change Humor

Continuing on the theme of sorely-needed climate humor (Why humor is Important),  here’s a favorite cartoon.

Believe it or not, it is from a Hallmark greeting card by illustrator Dan Regan (“Animal Antics“).

As man-made climate change and habitat destruction usher in Earth’s sixth great mass extinction, the words of Edmund O. Wilson, champion of biodiversity, keep ringing in my ears:

“The one process ongoing in the 1980’s that will take millions of years to correct is the loss of genetic and species diversity by the destruction of natural habitats.    This is the folly our descendants are least likely to forgive us.”

When speaking about climate, I often find myself at a loss for words to convey the tragedy of such heedless destruction of Creation.    So I turn, again, to E. O. Wilson:

“Destroying a tropical rainforest and other species-rich ecosystems is like burning all the paintings of the Louvre to cook dinner.”

Or, as Hallmark (paraphrasing De Beers) might put it, with their trademark sentimentality and genius for brevity:

“Because extinction is forever.”


 P.S.  Wilson’s quote, plus a related metaphor by John Holdren, can be viewed here.    Many additional poignant quotes from distinguished scientists about the impact of climate change and other human activity on biodiversity can be found at this United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) site.   Some will no doubt make their way into our “Bites” collection.


One thought on “Climate Change Humor

  1. Brian Ettling

    I like the cartoon with the dinosaurs andthe essay about the current 6th Great Extinction that the Earth is facing because of man. That is one of my favorite quotes by E.O Wilson that certainly lead me down my current path. The quote by E.O. Wilson reminded me of a quote that I once said from the Rev. Billy Graham:

    “It is not right for us to destroy the world God has given us. He has created everything; as the Bible says, “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven’ (Acts 17:24). To drive to extinction something He has created is wrong, for He has a purpose for everything… We Christians have a responsibility to take the lead in caring for the earth.

    –Rev. Billy Graham quoted in Religion and Forests, Spring 2000
    I found this on the website: Quotations on Environmental Stewardship.

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