The Sound of Silence: Mass Extinction and the Music of the World

A poignant call from the Sound of Silence … That we each step up to do whatever we can, wherever we are, with whatever we have: Now. That includes standing up to things like the TPP, which will decimate the environment at least as much as it will jobs and human rights. But doing what we can also includes the little things — bringing the sacred back into our lives, retuning ourselves with Nature, planting trees, growing our own food, celebrating and creating life, rather than just destoying and consuming. Many hands make light work — or at least, they summon possibilities beyond the silence.

The Druid's Garden

I recently came across an article from The Guardian in 2012 detailing the work of scientist Bernie Krause, who has spent his life recording sounds of nature. Krause’s major finding is simple: the loss of biodiversity, from the depths of the reefs to the rain forests, can be clearly tracked by listening to audio recordings over a 40-year period. He reports that he now hears deafening silence in so many ecosystems that once teemed with life. The article detailed his book, The Great Animal Orchestra. I bought the book, compelled to read more, the cryptic words of Simon and Garfunkle’s Sound of Silence echoing in my ears. This blog post is a bit different than some of my others, in that it is simply a response, a real and human response, to the growing sound of silence upon our landscape.

In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of…

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Kieron on February 4, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    I recall reading somewhere that scientists have discovered that plant life and trees respond to birdsong by growing better, so with us wiping out habitat as we are, we’re messing with everything. 😦

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