The animals are rebelling because they are dying. And we should too.

Reading news about animals as modern-day fables alerts us to Human beings’ vulnerability to climate change. What moral lesson about sustainable futures are exposed by restorying news of animals in the context of climate change?

Image for post
Image for post
Image by skeeze on pixabay.com under Creative Commons.
Image for post
Image for post
Map of Novaya Zemlaya. Copyright free from WikiMedia.

Such hostility to the plight of animals at risk of starvation in some ways mirrors the well-studied tendency of how many people perceive human migrants.

Unless there is change in the way human beings consume and steward the planet mass starvation may become a reality by mid-century.

Image for post
Image for post
A starving polar bear by Andreas Weith under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0.

Polar bears are a symbol of an uncomfortable truth about ourselves… namely that we may well be on a path to extinction ourselves.

Written by

The home of free learning from The Open University.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store