Dream On

AN ECOLOGICAL DREAMmusicSometimes, environmental ideas come from unexpected places. I’m Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.ambience, rainforestLast night, I had a dream, and in it, all the animals of the world had been called to a meeting. Each species had sent a representative to an enormous assembly of creatures. Rainforest birds and insects intermingled, while primates ambled by. Desert reptiles and wetlands amphibians slithered under the hooves of mammals, waiting patiently. Predator and prey eyed each other warily as the meeting was called to order. A weathered old tortoise spoke up.”The reason we’re gathered here today,” he said, “is to address a number of problems which concern us all. One is that living conditions are getting worse. the fish are reporting that all over the world, the water is going bad. The birds confirm that in many places, the air is getting unfit to breath. The worms are telling us that the soil is losing its vitality. And something we’ve all noticed is that the seasons are changing. It’s getting warmer all year round, isn’t it?”ambience, animal vocalizationsThere was a huge murmur of squacks and grunts, as the animals voiced their agreement. The tortoise went on:”Now, we’ve sent many invitations to the humans, for them to have a representative come here. Did the message get through? Has anyone arrived?”There was an uncomfortable silence. A chameleon rolled his big eye and flicked his tongue at me; a hummingbird hovered next to my shoulder, and a water buffalo snorted at me inquisitively. In fact, as I looked around, every head, whether feathered, scaled or furred, was slowly turning in my direction. Then I woke up, and I wondered if anyone else had had the same dream.This archival program is part of our thirtieth anniversary celebration. If you want hear more, check out our podcast.

Dream On

Environmental ideas sometimes come from unexpected places.
Air Date:03/25/2021
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AN ECOLOGICAL DREAMmusicSometimes, environmental ideas come from unexpected places. I'm Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.ambience, rainforestLast night, I had a dream, and in it, all the animals of the world had been called to a meeting. Each species had sent a representative to an enormous assembly of creatures. Rainforest birds and insects intermingled, while primates ambled by. Desert reptiles and wetlands amphibians slithered under the hooves of mammals, waiting patiently. Predator and prey eyed each other warily as the meeting was called to order. A weathered old tortoise spoke up."The reason we're gathered here today," he said, "is to address a number of problems which concern us all. One is that living conditions are getting worse. the fish are reporting that all over the world, the water is going bad. The birds confirm that in many places, the air is getting unfit to breath. The worms are telling us that the soil is losing its vitality. And something we've all noticed is that the seasons are changing. It's getting warmer all year round, isn't it?"ambience, animal vocalizationsThere was a huge murmur of squacks and grunts, as the animals voiced their agreement. The tortoise went on:"Now, we've sent many invitations to the humans, for them to have a representative come here. Did the message get through? Has anyone arrived?"There was an uncomfortable silence. A chameleon rolled his big eye and flicked his tongue at me; a hummingbird hovered next to my shoulder, and a water buffalo snorted at me inquisitively. In fact, as I looked around, every head, whether feathered, scaled or furred, was slowly turning in my direction. Then I woke up, and I wondered if anyone else had had the same dream.This archival program is part of our thirtieth anniversary celebration. If you want hear more, check out our podcast.