It was only in 1975 that the grizzly was put on the Endangered Species list, which certain political persuasions and special interests would like to undo, all for the sake of mining, oil, ranching and trophy hunters.
The fires should serve as a warning for the rest of us. Its leaders languish with coal in their soul for being in denial of climate realities and the greatest Earth changes Australia has experienced since humans first walked onto the continent.
Some called you a mix of Tarzan, and Byron, some, a sybarite in kikoy reverberant with the wild and the bush where you found your calling, trumpeting your song like a human elephant seduced by the exquisite face of the world. But in fact, your voice was prophetic.
This pandemic is symptomatic of a much larger struggle and our last chance to save the Earth as we know it. In the last 50 years we have lost half the rainforests on Earth. The Amazon lost over 12 million acres last year. And 8.4 million soccer fields last decade!
Romain Gary, who so articulated the rights of the largest land mammal on earth, was also fighting for mankind's place in the world. Because without the others, there is “no room for man either. All that will be left of us is robots,” Gary insisted.
It is time humanity create an International Environmental Criminal Court, representing all continents, to enforce environmental protection across borders, and to minimize damage to what remains of our only life support system. Before it is too late.
That is why Lords of the Earth is so important. It is a truly magnificent collection of Cyril Christo's and Marie Wilkinson's haunting black and white photographs not only of African elephants, but of Africa's indigenous peoples also.