When the humpback songs came out in the 1960s, some thought they were the voice of extraterrestrials. I know some don’t want to hear of tragedy, but we have no more than a few years to turn the tide around. That is what the next decade will all be about.
“Walking Thunder,” a film by Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson, tracks elephants across Africa. The couple’s son, Lysander, guides viewers through his discovery, first of the elephants and peoples of Africa, and then of the threats they face. Christo calls the film a “prayer” for the species.
The Chinese ivory market is being dismantled after 5,000 years. There may be a little more hope than a year ago for the elephant but the narcissist butchery of hunters and the carnage of poaching still challenge the species and many others.
The presence of lions evokes a sense of wonder and an antediluvian shudder. Lions impressed Lysander to call them “the ghosts in the grass.” They are regal in appearance, power and courage like few species on earth.
The world of Blade Runner is around the corner. Wake up or children will have nothing to look forward to. Not elephants, not slugs, not anything. For those parents who say this may be a concern of yours, but it isn’t ours. Right. Beware of those parents. After Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, there has never been a better time to wake up.