So Say the Monarch, Assist the Fir and Persist Here
AwN | No matter what I do, I can't avoid it. I am forced to address global warming, even when I don't want to. I know that any of you that have read my blog before, already know that global warming isn't as interesting to me as what I feel are more pressing matters. Yet here I am again. This is an article about the monarch butterfly and the oyamel fir tree. I like the article and wish to present it to you because of the idea of "assisted migration". Far too often we are led to believe that humanity is only a destroyer, and not a creator. People are ridiculed for introducing species to new locations, and almost never praised, unless it is directly saving a human life. So I intuitively understand why the idea of assisted migration might be controversial and yet it irks me.
Scientists are trying to figure out a way to save the monarch butterly. So their idea is that they should introduce the fir trees that the monarch butterfly depends on at higher elevations, where they suspect the fir trees will thrive in approximately 10 years. I am going to sidestep the great hubris here and move on. I am not a person who believes that mankind should not influence his environment. That ship has sailed long ago. Mankind at this point, only influences his environment. All we do is alter our settings to make them easier for ourself and worse for pretty much everything else except rodents, raccoons, and dogs (slight jest). The fact that these alterations are not really good for the few thriving species is usually seen as a future or unreal problem altogether.