Life finds a way

I am not the one who thought up that line, even though I have been thinking about those a lot these past few days.

It seems that life is resilient, and while species are at risk of going extinct at alarming rates all over the planet, there will always be some species that will survive. Consider the picture below, where native epiphytes (plants that don’t grow in the soil) are almost completely covering a non-native almond tree.

Plants on top of plants on top of plants!
Plants on top of plants on top of plants!

From house geckos that reproduce without males to dogs and cats and chickens that eat from our garbage, it seems that no matter what humanity does to nature, nature can’t be completely stamped out. Even surrounded by the concrete of Panama City, frog still find ways to sing!

That’s not to excuse our abuses all over the planet, since many important species (including the jaguar) are in danger of disappearing.

A world without jaguars would be a sad world indeed.
A world without jaguars would be a sad world indeed.

Yet at the same time, I recently attended a seminar in which it was announced that deforestation rates in Brazil have declined, and while they probably remain way too high, in some spots tropical forests are regenerating. At least that is one bit of good news, that nature will always bounce back if we give it a chance!

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