(Credit image to atronoo.com)
Look at that little guy up there. That is the tardigrade, which is also known as the “water bear” or “moss piglet”. They are virtually immune to heat and cold and can even survive in space for a brief period of time. I want to be a tardigrade and so should you. After all, they will be the last creatures on earth. They will be there to shut the lights out or watch as the sun’s light flickers into complete and utter darkness – or a huge explosion that pretty much incinerates everything for millions of miles.
They will be here when the floodwaters come. When you have an ice shelf twice the size of Luxemburg fall off into the ocean, you need to be a little concerned. That piece of ice is so big, we actually need to redraw maps. But, the tardigrade don’t care. He’ll be around.
If a comet or asteroid crashes into the planet, that’s not a problem for the water bear. He’ll just keep on truckin’.
If the apocalypse comes this time, for realsies, the tardigrade don’t give a flying fuck. He’ll still be here doing what he does…tardigrading, I guess.
Tardigrades are meant to adapt to any environment. They can live in boiling water and radiation. Meanwhile, humans will still try to adapt to the planet we continue to destroy even though the Defense Department says that climate change is a direct national security threat. Yet, we are gutting the EPA and pulled out of the Paris Accord. Our President has stated that Climate Change is a Chinese hoax.
The planet will be here long after we’re done, folks. Eventually, we will run out of tricks and all that will be left is the tardigrade. Bully for us.