We're killing the natural world.
That means we're killing ourselves.
In the latest doomsday report, the World Wildlife Foundation finds a 60 percent decline in the Earth's mammals, birds, fish and reptiles since 1970. Here's a Guardian article.
While the loss of natural beauty and animal life is distressing, human life and civilization depend on nature, as a WWF spokesman pointed out.
Other reports have found similar mass extinction of insects such as bees, necessary for our food.
Coral reefs are also dying.
The extinction is accelerating at a dizzying speed. Just four years ago, the wildlife death rate since 1970 was 52 percent.
The causes are an interrelated roll-call of disaster. Deforestation. Water degradation. Ocean acidification and pollution by plastic. Climate change. The loss of habitat. Overpopulation.
A telling fact: South and Central America have suffered an 89 percent loss in vertebrates.
That's a fundamental reason behind the migrations of refugees from Honduras and other countries.
As South and Central America's environmental destruction reaches the point of no return, Trump wants to slash aid. He's sending an Army that once won world wars to terrify poor moms and babies.
Now a right-wing thug elected president in Brazil wants to pave over the Amazon, which has already declined by 20 percent. That'll be the last gasp in the fight against climate change.
Perhaps we deserve to be extinct as well.