Some years ago, I read of a species of tiny woodland wasp that lives on mushrooms. It seems that when a Wandering female wasp chances upon the right kind of mushroom in the forest, she deposits her eggs within it. Almost inmediately, the eggs hatch and the tiny grubs begin literally to eat themselves out of house and home. The little maggots grow rapidly, but soon something very odd happens. The eggs in the larvaes’ own ovaries hatch while still inside their immature mothers. This second generation of parthenogenic grubs quickly consumes its parents from within, then breaks out of the empty shells to continue feeding on the mushroom. This seemingly gruesome process may repeat itself for another generation. It doesn’t take long before the entire mushroom is overfilled by squirming maggots and fouled by their bodily wastes. The exploding population of juvenile wasps consumes virtually its entire habitat which is the signal for the largest and most mature of the larvae to pupate. The few individuals that rhanage to emerge as mature adults then abandon their mouldering birthplace, flying off to begin the whole process over again.
From: OUR ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT: REDUCING HUMAN IMPACT ON THE EARTH. Mathis Wackernagel and William E. Rees.
Now, for the first time in its billions of years of history, our planet is protected by far-seeing sentinels, able to anticipate danger from the distant future - a comet on a collision course, or global warming - and devise schemes for doing something about it. The planet has finally grown its own nervous system: us.
This petition against hunger is a petition against hunger as well as a research project by MIT researcher Riley Crane on the effect of petitions.. is that methodologically correct if people know that?
I know that it is a research project, and am therefore attracted to it (in addition to the cause, which is very important). Anyhow, I am quite curious in the effect of petitions, and especially this one. Please join this experiment and see what happens. Click here:
Thank you for signing this petition to end hunger. The petition will be presented to governments at an event taking place in Rome, Italy on 29 November 2010. You can help put even more pressure on politicians by asking family, friends and colleagues to sign the petition. Just send them this link (copy and paste) www.1billionhungry.org/thiemehennis/ — through email, Facebook or Twitter. Soon you will receive an email that contains your secret key. Use it to log on to 1billionhungry.org and see on a world map how many of your friends have signed. Red lines will connect their cities in a visible network. Elsewhere on this site, you will see how others have made their own efforts to raise awareness about hunger. You can order T-shirts, whistles and other merchandise from the store to show your solidarity. On the videos page see messages from celebrities, events coverage and more. Together we want to blow the whistle and bring an end to world hunger!
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