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The Strikingly Beautiful but Frail World We Live In

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posted on Jan, 26 2010 @ 06:08 AM
Not long ago I made a thread about the beauty of space and the incredible pictures is has managed to show us over the years and making that thread got me thinking about the beauty of earth itself and the breathtaking images it has also managed to amaze us with.

So alot of effort went into making this message so please try and enjoy and please try and at least listen to the message im trying to send.

Thank You.

But it's such a god damn shame that we are Destroying this world all day everyday by doing this.

Manmade disasters can be just as bad as natural in some cases, Look at the Amazon rainforest for example!

  • More than 20% of Earth's oxygen is produced in this area, thus the name "Lungs of the Planet"

  • With 2,5 million square miles, the Amazon rainforest represents 54% of the total rainforests left of the planet

  • Amazon rainforest birds account for for at least one third of the world's bird species, being toucan the most popular icon

  • More than half of the world's estimated ten million species of plants, animals and insects live in the tropical forest.

  • 70% of plants found to have anticancer properites are found only in the rainforest

  • The number of edible fruits found in the rainforest is estimated in 3,000. Amazon natives consume more than 1,500, but only 200 are cultivated for use today

  • An estimated 90% of Amazon rainforest plants used by Amazon natives have not been studied by modern science

  • In 1500 there were an estimated 6 to 9 million Amazon natives. By 1900 the number has gone down to one million lelf in Brazil.

  • Today, the number is believed to be of around 250,000 Amazon natives, comprising 215 ethnic groups with 170 different languages

  • There may also be fifty or so Amazon tribes living in the depths of the Amazon rainforest that have never had contact with the outside world

  • An estimated number of 2,700 million acres of the rainforest are burned each year

Thank you for reading and I hope by making this thread that I have at least made you think about our world and what is happening to it each and every day.

[edit on 26-1-2010 by Rising Against]

posted on Jan, 26 2010 @ 07:19 AM
Thank you so much for this toally stunning and inspirational thread. I have to bump it up now so it stays on the front page and more people star and flag it. The pictures are just incredible, and we should be ashamed of ourselves collectively for how we treat nature.

posted on Jan, 26 2010 @ 07:25 AM
Absolutley amazing pictures and thread. Both stunningly beautiful and desperately heart-breaking at the same time. People do need to see this.

A thought that occurs is how rich our perception is even through the relatively tiny portion of the EM spectrum we use to see.

awesome work

posted on Jan, 26 2010 @ 07:31 AM
Thank you guys and I just wanted to show how beautiful the world really can be (despite disasters, murders, etc,.) but then show that we are destroying all that beauty each and every day still and how sad it really is.

I mean it’s not like we can say oh well let’s just move on somewhere else right now because this is home and we are stuck here at this moment in time and yet we are making it worse for ourselves.

It’s Sad really.

posted on Jan, 26 2010 @ 07:45 AM
The movie you should see is called "HOME" I am not sure if this will work, but I will try to post it here. Its a must see movie for everyone.

posted on Jan, 26 2010 @ 07:50 AM
gave me the same sorta feeling avatar did wen i saw it lol

like i wanna go an ride a horse or grow some tree...i wanna walk out the office right now and go save the planet lol.

on a serious note:

these are the amazon indigenous you were talking about.

they live DEEP in the forest thousands of miles from any modern day village or town, they do not know of even the most common technology (concrete/steel buildings, cars, tv's, playstations, pens, modern clothes or accessories) this picture shows them feeling threatened by the plane that phtgraphed them. to them it must have been a monster and they tried to kill it with bows and arrows.

Aerial photographs of an isolated community of indigenous people in the Amazon basin, near the border shared by Brazil and Peru, were released this week to show that they exist but may be endangered by illegal logging. One picture, taken by the Brazilian government, showed two men, painted red, brandishing bows and arrows at the camera-bearing plane flying low over the dense rain forest. In another picture, about 15 men, women and children who were not painted looked up from thatched huts.

its only a matter of time before our bulldozers trounce through their homes and they are all gone.

however...i use this example when debunking religion.

i bet they see our planes and not knowing what they are they give them names, tell stories of them to their kids and possibly mistake them for gods.

not to dissimilar from ancient times if an ET race visited earth and we mistook them for god, wrote the bible, told stories of it..and explosion of mis-information creates religions.

posted on Jan, 26 2010 @ 07:58 AM
You're not a user are you..? ...Some of those photos look familiar.

If not, certainly everyone could benefit from at least looking at some of the photography there..

posted on Jan, 26 2010 @ 08:03 AM
S&F, nice post, I've never seen a lot of these photo's. I was tempted to think they were photoshopped a bit... but nah. Nicely done.

posted on Jan, 26 2010 @ 08:05 AM
reply to post by Mr_skepticc

Just so you know, Home project has blocked access to the vid you posted in the U.S.... you know why? I bet it's so they can distribute it over here, but it's a shame.

posted on Jan, 26 2010 @ 08:06 AM
reply to post by kenochs

Blocked here in the U.K. too....

what a shame.

posted on Jan, 26 2010 @ 08:08 AM
No offence but in my opinion threads like this should be posted in BTS. This is like the 78128975438th "Amazing and beautiful places on Earth" thread here..

posted on Jan, 26 2010 @ 08:10 AM
reply to post by Silicis n Volvo

The photos were taken to stop logging in the area, the Peruvian government were in danger of driving their tribes across to Brazil and these were taken to help preserve their rights to the land.

posted on Jan, 26 2010 @ 08:12 AM
reply to post by Rising Against


Thank you very much for that.

Its nice to be reminded how much humans SUCK!

posted on Jan, 26 2010 @ 08:15 AM
reply to post by DGFenrir

I disagree. This is the kind of thought-provoking, emotion-invoking thread that needs as much attention as possible. Yes, those of us who have been here a while have seen a few similar threads but with all the new members around who haven't, It can't be a bad thing for them to see it, nor for the rest of us to have reminder.

(like your sig. where the hell are DICE with BF3 when you need them!

[edit on 26-1-2010 by Chonx]

posted on Jan, 26 2010 @ 08:20 AM
reply to post by Rising Against

S&F. I don't know what has gotten into people around here on ATS lately, but I'm happy to see such positive threads about plants, animals, and the earth as a whole and how we need to change what is happening too it.

I really would love to goto Brazil myself, but who knows maybe by the time my generation dies off so will the rain forests
I hope not. Maybe I could get together with some sort of outreach program in the near future and help the natives protect the land that we all love.

posted on Jan, 26 2010 @ 08:27 AM
reply to post by Termite197

Well its not my intention to show that "Humans suck" its to show the damage we are doing to the planet and IMO need to change a little bit as we are destroying such amazing scenery.

That's all.

[edit on 26-1-2010 by Rising Against]

posted on Jan, 26 2010 @ 08:27 AM
link is to fight the conspiricies and as I wake up today, you better watch the photoshop, because a tornado the size of texas is coming to your front door.

posted on Jan, 26 2010 @ 08:28 AM
reply to post by Chonx

I guess you're right.. It's just that these recurring threads promote lazyness amongst the new members who never bother to use the search function to find topcs that interest them.
I agree that humans sometimes go too far with the destruction of nature for profit.. Original settlers of Madeira set the island on fire to clear the land. It destroyed a lot of native flora but the island is still very fertile.

(Bad Company 2 is coming out in March

[edit on 26/1/2010 by DGFenrir]

posted on Jan, 26 2010 @ 08:31 AM
reply to post by DGFenrir

I see what you mean as well and sorry if this thread annoyed you in anyway as its not my intention at all! but i just got slightly inspired to make a thread like this i guess and set about doing it.

And that's still a good idea IMO having a forum in BTS for threads like this still.

posted on Jan, 26 2010 @ 08:39 AM
amazing thread, i knew i was doing the right thing friending you

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