This calls for a frog story:
A...disquieting development was reported by the New York Times in 1992 in
an article entitled "The Silence of the Frogs." At an international
conference on herpetology (the study of amphibians and reptiles), while
1,300 participants gave hundreds of official papers on specialized
subjects, none had focused on the total picture. Pieced together informally
in the hallways and in the lunch lines ath the conference was the fact that
frogs are disappearing from the face of the earth at an inexplicably rapid
rate. Even more disturbing was the conclusion that these populations are
crashing not merely in regions where there are known industrial toxins, but
also in pristine regions where there is abundant food and no known sources
of pollution. The implications of such a die-off go beyond frogs. The human
endocrine system is remarkably similar to that of fish, birds, and
wildlife; it is, from an evolutionary point of view, an ancient system. If
endocrine and immune systems are failing and breaking down at lower levels
of the animal kingdom, we may be similary vulnerable. The reason we may not
yet be experiencing the same types of breakdown seen in other species is
because we gestate and breed comparatively rather slowly. On complex
biological levels such as ours, bad news travels unhurriedly, but it
eventually arrives. In other words, something unusual and inauspicious may
be occurring globally at all levels of biological development: a
fundamental decline that we are only beginning to comprehend and that our
efforts at "environmentalism" have failed to address.
From this perspective, recycling aluminum cans in the company cafeteria and
ceremonial tree plantings are about as effective as bailing out the Titanic
with teaspoons. While recycling and tree planting are good and necessary
ideas, they are woefully inadequate. How can business itself survive a
continued pattern of worldwide degradation in living systems? What is the
logic of extracting diminishing resources in order to create capital to
finance more consumption and demand on those same diminishing resources?
How do we imagine our future when our commercial systems conflict with
everything nature teaches us?
Paul Hawken, The Ecology of Commerce, A Declaration of Sustainability.
We have chosen the frog as the totem of the Right Livelihood zone,
or should we say, the frog has chosen us?
A Thousand Friends of Frogs