It is more clear than ever we are part of a larger web, both in the natural world and in the world of commercial and social interactions we humans have created. Not to stretch the analogy but perhaps this tiny virus is simply the most current “big spider” in that web. In fact, we have long known of, and to a great extent, ignored, our interconnectedness to each other and to the rest of Earth.
Having worked closely with trees, especially those in the “urban forest,” over the past 30 years, I have seen this web collapse for entire species—America Chestnut, American Elm, Butternut, American Beech, and most recently Ash—and the collapse has happened suddenly given the life of a tree.
The reality of life today is that the web is being torn apart. Scientists estimate that 150-200 species of plant, insect, bird and mammal are becoming extinct every 24 hours, at least 1000 times the “natural” rate.
Human extinction is not the issue, rather it is if and how we can learn to live in the rapidly changing world we have created.
What can we learn from this crazy dance with the coronavirus about ourselves, each other, and this remarkable Planet Earth that will serve us in the next decades as our children and grandchildren grow up?