Nature can outlast humanity.
I visited an unusual park called Westlands Park in Colchester today, unusual because it was a former landfill site for rubbish. Colchester Council after using up the remaining space for landfill converted the area into a nature park, planting trees and landscaping the area. Nature opportunistically inside twenty years covered the park in dense woodland inhabited by rabbits and other wildlife. You would never guess Westlands was a former landfill site but for the regular presence of structures dealing with methane and a distant chimney with a blue flame burning off methane.
Despite the efforts of humanity to ruin the ecological systems on this planet I am confident as Westlands proves that nature is regenerative and capable of self-healing when the opportunity arises. I have no fear that humanity will kill nature on this planet, rather humanity will kill itself first, and nature will begin again to recover all ground it lost to the suicidal human species.
In 1986 the former Soviet Union suffered the worst industrial disaster in human history when their nuclear reactor in Chernobyl (located now in the Ukraine) exploded. The USSR evacuated and abandoned the nearby cities of Chernobyl and Pripyat leaving most of their belongings behind. Despite the initial high casualties amongst wildlife and tree nature today colonised Pripyat and Chernobyl which is now part of the surrounding forest. The area around the failed reactor includes a 30 km exclusion zone now overrun with wildlife and woodland thanks to low competition from humanity. Opportunistic nature took advantage of the radiation as special types of fungi called radiotrophic fungi are growing in the failed reactor walls living off gamma radiation. After reading that according to Ukrainian officials the area will be unsafe for human habitation for 20,000 years I laughed, despite the tourism nature enjoys a human-free nature reserve which humans unless they are incredibly stupid won’t inhabit for thousands of years.
Chernobyl is a useful lesson in teaching that nature can recover from damage inflicted upon it, but not fast enough to save humanity. Though nature takes decades to recover, for humanity the pace of nature’s recovery cannot guarantee survival of the species, so humanity will die, nature will begin again without humanity spoiling the party.