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Hagens’ eleventh Intervention and Wild Idea: “Life Brigade” to PROTECT endangered species

Choose a species of plant or animal, or more than one, and make it part of one’s life’s meaning to PROTECT it.—

No 2748 Posted by fw, June 25, 2021—

“At this strange point in human and planetary history, we are traversing a bottleneck in which our species will grossly overpopulate and over-consume before shrinking back to more sustainable levels in a century or so – one way or another. … There are many species facing extinction with not  a single human advocate. If you feel powerless, despite your education and your access to the internet, just think how powerless an individual pangolin is by comparison. . Compared even to entire species, individual humans can, in principle, save these other species to get them past the bottlenecks of the coming century and give them a chance of an open-ended future. This isn’t going to be easy, but compared to a sea turtle caught in a net, or a monkey in a forest being burned, it’s at least possible. … So, a possible Wild Idea is the concept of a Life Brigade. One can choose a species of plant or animal, or more than one, and make it part of their life’s meaning to protect it.”Nate Hagens

In today’s repost, Hagens implores people to PROTECT endangered species as his eleventh of 12 Interventions, combined with his eleventh Wild Idea: “Life Brigade” as a way to make saving species a way to add meaning to one’s life.

Below is my transcript of Hagens’ eleventh Intervention and accompanying Wild Idea, which I have titled: “PROTECT: Eleventh Intervention and Wild Idea”. As usual, I include in this repost an embedded video of Hagens’ almost 3-hour, information-rich talk. He packages his address in 33 myths, featuring a synopsis of key ideas from his past written works and videos. And at the bottom of the repost is a list of Hagens’ 33 myths, plus two others – Introduction at the beginning and Interventions at the end.

For those who would prefer to watch the embedded video on You Tube, click on the following linked title.

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Earth and Humanity: Myth and Reality, by Nate Hagens, You Tube, May 21, 2021 (2hr, 52min)

TRANSCRIPT of “PROTECT: Eleventh Intervention and Wild Idea” (a short 2:10-minutes long, starting at the 2:43:46 mark, ending at 2:45:56)

PROTECT  [Eleventh Intervention and (Wild Idea)]

At this strange point in human and planetary history, we are traversing a bottleneck in which our species will grossly overpopulate and over-consume before shrinking back to more sustainable levels in a century or so – one way or another.

During that time, it is important to make sure we do not irreversibly break our world — This has to do with things like ecological tipping points and also the loss of species and ecosystem complexity.

There are many species facing extinction with not  a single human advocate. If you feel powerless despite your education and your access to the internet, just think how powerless an individual pangolin is by comparison.

Every human is a potential superhero compared to any other member of any other species now. Compared even to entire species, individual humans can, in principle, save these other species to get them past the bottlenecks of the coming century and give them a chance of an open-ended future. This isn’t going to be easy, but compared to a sea turtle caught in a net, or a monkey in a forest being burned, it’s at least possible.

We are, individually, far more powerful than those our action and inaction are affecting.

So, a possible Wild Idea is the concept of a Life Brigade.

One can choose a species of plant or animal, or more than one, and make it part of their life’s meaning to protect it. This might be a local species, or population, or habitat but it need not be. A teenager in Minnesota could easily become the world’s foremost advocate for a species in Bolivia just by standing up and becoming an expert on it using the resources and influence that a US citizen has at this point in time, at this point in history.

One can organize with others doing something similar, locally nationally or worldwide. Or one can do it entirely on their own as a private person, a part of one’s inner definition of success as a human being.

2:45:56 — End of Eleventh Intervention and Wild Idea

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LIST OF THE 33 MYTHS (plus opening introduction and closing Interventions (and Wild Ideas)

Nate notes that the myths themselves are listed in reverse numerical order from #33 down to #1, while the time markers are in chronological order from beginning to end, which facilitates their quick and easy location on the video. The myths can be watched in any order, but the order they’re in made the most sense to Hagens. To go directly to the beginning of any numbered myth or to the opening Introduction and closing Interventions and Wild Ideas, just click on the linked time stamp.

Time stamps: 0:04 — Introduction 2:20 — Myth #33: The Experts Have ALL the Answers 4:16 — Myth #32: Humans Are Separate From Nature 6:45 — Myth #31: Humans Are Mostly Selfish 12:17 — Myth #30: More Is Better 18:12 — Myth #29: “Someday I’ll Have enough” 21:18 — Myth #28: We Care About the Future 23:38 — Myth #27: Everyone Has Their Own Truth 26:37 — Myth #26: Truth Matters 29:31 — Myth #25: Energy Is Merely a Commodity 34:28 — Myth #24: The American Dream is Based on Hard Work and Cleverness 36:05 — Myth #23: Oil: The USA Will Be the Next Saudi Arabia 41:46 — Myth #22: We Can Always Get More Resources if We Have More Money 44:42 — Myth #21: Renewables Can Power THIS Civilization 50:55 — Myth #20: In the future we wont need oil due to Peak Demand!! 55:01 — Myth #19: We Can Achieve Net Zero!! (by 2050 or any date) 59:54 — Myth #18: As Earth runs out of resources, We’ll Colonize Outer Space!! 1:02:26 — Myth #17: Growth Is Forever 1:05:04 — Myth #16: GDP Is the Right Goal for Society 1:10:56 — Myth #15: Overpopulation Is the Main Driver 1:15:21 — Myth #14: Technology Will Solve It 1:21:16 — Myth #13: The Environment Is Part of the Economy 1:24:04 — Myth #12: The Natural World Is Ours 1:27:03 — Myth #11: Climate Change Is the Core Problem 1:32:44 — Myth #10: Billionaires and Politicians Are in Charge 1:38:56 — Myth #9: Financial Markets Give Us the Right Signals for the Future 1:43:22 — Myth #8: Stimulus Is Permanent 1:48:37 — Myth #7: We Need to Crash the System to Get a Fresh Start 1:52:43 — Myth #6: The Use of Nuclear Weapons Is Unthinkable 1:57:03 — Myth #5: Fossil Fuel Companies Are at Fault 2:03:01 — Myth #4: Capitalism Is to Blame 2:07:54 — Myth #3: Humans Are Bad 2:11:37 — Myth #2: We Face a Shortage of Energy 2:14:17 — Myth #1: We Are Doomed 2:19:56 — Interventions (and Wild Ideas)

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