Peter Finch, Kqed, Michael Ellis discussed on KQED Radio Show


Peter finch for KQED brought to you by peninsula del Rey senior living they are very tiny but collectively they're bigger than we are in fact collectively they do a lot of things that Michael Ellis says we could and should be doing here's this perspective I noticed so many ant trails on the fire roads this time of year well worn path by medium sizing instantly to huge debris piles these are harvester ants they're easy to identify not because of shape color size but because of the rubble they leave at the entrance to their underground homes they're harvesting seeds and the germ of the seed is the most nutritious part the chaff provides little sustenance so surrounding the holes are huge amounts of unwanted chats seeing these hard working in six I immediately consider that biblical proverb and well known Aesop's fable both from the indoctrination of my childhood answer often used as metaphors for industrious behavior self sacrifice for the greater good in planning ahead for future scarcity the proverb admonishes go to the end you slugger consider her ways and be why switch having no captain oversee our our ruler provides her supplies in the summer and gathers her food in the harvest and then there's the ant and the grasshopper the grasshopper this meant the nice warm summer months just singing while the amp prepare for winter the grasshopper beg for food the ant refused the grasshopper died that'll teach him like most people I was more grasshopper then and as a kid but lately that and is making more and more sense human species take note the total biomass of ants on the planet is greater than the total biomass of human beings ants have been around for hundreds of millions of years and have survived and involved to several mass extinctions there are well over twelve thousand described species and are found in nearly every habitat on every continent but Antarctica so while humans are singing and fiddling away with climate change the answer meanwhile thriving and adapting to the changes we are manifesting across the environment.

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