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‘Wise, challenging and offering some unexpected laughter in the dark, this is a rational and insightful account of the sixth great extinction event. Peter Marren is a brilliant writer and a national treasure.’ PATRICK BARKHAM ‘Thoughtful, fascinating and very timely.’ STEPHEN MOSS ‘Important and thought-provoking.’ CAROLINE LUCAS, GREEN PARTY MP ‘Essential reading. Marren makes a page-turner out of Armageddon.’ SIMON BARNES ‘In his characteristic style Peter Marren has humanised the story of wildlife losses with humour and wit but also with his enormous knowledge and deep love for the living world.’ MARK COCKER We are in the midst of an extinction event: the sixth mass extinction on earth and one entirely caused by mankind. All species become extinct sooner or later, but we have accelerated that natural process several hundredfold and now, it is happening right in front of our eyes.
Extinction has a terrifying finality to it. And many species have already been lost to us forever; there is little we can do about that.
What we can do, however, is reflect, remember, and ultimately acknowledge the unvarnished truth. We must see the natural world as it is, and not as we might want it to be. Our trajectory is one that has benefited one species alone – humankind. For all other beings, from mammals to fish, from birds to insects and coral, from plants to lichens and fungi, the future, for better or worse, is in our hands.
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