Interconnectedness

[T]he interconnectedness of humans, and of humans and their environment that science is demonstrating today is just the beginning of what we will discover and is the news very likely to be discussed in the future. A few examples will suffice to explain my reasoning.

From the science of economics to that of biology, we are learning how the actions and decisions of each and every one of us affect the lives of all others. Maybe it is no surprise that the coal-fired energy plants of India, China, and elsewhere affect the climate of us all, as does the ongoing deforestation of the Amazon. Or that a nuclear disaster in Japan shaped how we view one alternative energy source. But we now know that our health (particularly our microbiome) is affected not only by what we put into our mouths but, somewhat surprisingly, also by the company we keep. Recent studies show that decisions about the removal of an invasive species affects its entire surrounding ecological web as much as decisions concerning the protection of an endangered one. (Irene Pepperberg “Interconnectedness”)

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