According to The Guardian, more than a quarter of American honeybee colonies were wiped out over the winter, with deadly infestations of mites and harmful land management practices heaping mounting pressure upon the crucial pollinators and the businesses that keep them. More than half of beekeepers suffered unsustainable losses.
To the New Seminole, this is just another sign of the approaching Apocalypse racing towards us. Unless the Outside changes its ways-- and fast!-- we all will be dead before we get to Mars. And we know Mars is no Garden of Eden.
The question is, "What are YOU going to do about it?"
According to The Guardian, the world is "hurtling" towards a point-of-no-return regarding the amount of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. The question is, "What are YOU going to do about it?"
Grizzly bear No. 211, otherwise known as "Scarface" for his mangled visage, was hugely popular among photographers and park goers at Yellowstone National Park. The 25-year-old bear was illegally shot and killed in late 2015 but it took until now for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks to determine it was actually "Scarface."
To paraphrase Chaucer, this news "slayed me suddenly." Grizzly bears are protected under the Endangered Species Act of 1973. Killing an "Endangered Species" can result in a $50,000.00 fine and a year in prison. New Seminole justice is harsher: death by the same means.
Although there aren't any majestic grizzlies in the Everglades, the smaller Florida Black Bear is doing its best to hang on. Unfortunately, the Outside is making that all but impossible. Nearly 20 acres of wildlife habitat are lost to new development every hour in Florida. Roadkill is the number one cause of bear death in the state (over 100 bears are killed on Florida roadways each year).
This is why we fight for Gaia-loving species everywhere.
This is why my fight is more personal: Nokosee, my husband, the father of my child, and my lover-to-die-for's name means "Bear" in the Seminole language. So when I see Nokosee or just think about him, I think of the bears out there trying to hang on against a world that is for the most part indifferent to them. Or like us, the New Seminole, a world-- the Outside-- that wants to kill them.
All of us are endangered species. The Gaia and the Inside has us to fight for them. Who or what is looking out for you?
Holatte-Sutv Turwv Osceola.