The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Sixth Extinction is a very thought-provoking read about the state of our world and environment. Kolbert discusses the the five previous big mass extinction periods that have occurred in history and posits that we are currently going through the sixth. Each chapter follows Kolbert on travels throughout the world following different species that are currently going or have gone extinct and the issues and effects that caused their demise. My take on what was posed is that humans are a major factor in the decline of many species and our environment. If humans were not on Earth, it is quite likely that our planet would still change and evolve in some way, but man is causing irreparable changes that would not otherwise occur and we are helping to kill off our planet and very likely ourselves.
No matter your thoughts on climate change and evolution, I think this is and important read. It will make you think about how everything you do affects the world, yourself, and the future of our children.
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