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Generation Z is the newest generation, born between 1997 and 2012/15. They are currently 6 to 24 years old. In the US alone, they number 68 million.
Gen Z is in the crosshairs of the coming climate catastrophe. They have the most to lose – and the most to win if we can allay their climate grief:
“Although Gen Zs comprise 25 percent of the human population (a little more than two billion inhabitants) this ‘climate generation’ claims, and rightfully so, that they own 100 percent of the future. They are tired and angry from being lied to. They intend on forcing societal change because it is their birthright to breathe unpolluted air, to drink nontoxic fresh water and to eat fruits, nuts and vegetables not slathered in nerve poisons and cancer-causing glyphosate.”
Dr. Halter’s book is mesmerizing – not just for Gen Z, but for all of us. It is a fascinating read, full of intricate and engaging realities we seldom encounter.
He first addresses “the beleaguered state of the animal and plant kingdoms – my speciality as a forensic naturalist and ecological stress physiologist.” (p. 15)
Regarding this beleaguerment, although things were dire enough in 2017 when Dr. Peter Carter and I co-authored, “Unprecedented Crime: Climate Science Denial and Game Changers for Survival,” I was not prepared for the extraordinary devastation of the past three years.
Nor was I prepared for such a deep and compelling journey into the plight of individual creatures as their habitats burn and dry up.
To take the bees, with two-thirds of their species already endangered:
“It takes 12 honeybees a combined flying distance of 6,000 miles (~9,600km), and their entire foraging lives of three weeks, to produce a teaspoon of honey.” (p. 138)
But in November 2019,
“…when New South Wales and Queensland beekeepers ‘went bush’ after the fires to inspect their hives, none were prepared for the unmanning sights and sounds of the wounded wailing animals. “It’s doing their heads in, the screaming animals,