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.
We will have no words to explain to children of the future that adults dismembered their world, that the elephant was lost, and with it, wonder for all time. Children, and humanity will have nothing to look forward to. Civilization will stand or fall on the back of the African elephant. The elephant persecution is civilization’s Golgotha.