Gallery: 12-21-12 Eco Challenges Are Similar to Those That Collapsed th...

 

It’s the 21st of December 2012, the end of a Mayan calendrical epoch that spanned 144,000 days, and according to some, humanity is expected to shift into a new era of collective consciousness. To mark the event, Dr Julie Kunen, director of the Latin America and Caribbean Program of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), penned a short essay on The Guardian about the Mayan civilization that collapsed more than one thousand years ago. Brought about by some of the same environmental challenges we are currently facing, this catastrophic end to a great people ought to inspire contemporary society to re-evaluate their treatment of natural systems.

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