Plastic microparticles have now been found in rainwater, meaning our atmosphere contains tiny pieces of trash that originate from our industrial society. Our oceans, rivers, groundwater, and now air are polluted with plastic.
Many wild animals live longer in a captive setting. While there are some exceptions (such as elephants), most animals provided with shelter, a constant supply of food and nutritional supplements, and protection from the wild interactions that might wound, maim, or kill them experience increases in longevity. And despite the greater life expectancy and longer lifespan, most people understand that wild animals held in a zoo setting do not live the lives they were biologically intended to.
Those who have been attending my recent lectures know that my focus has broadened to incorporate the study of hunter-gatherer children and how they were tended, nourished, and spent their time and how they differ emotionally from agricultural/industrial children. Suffice to say, this study has been very eye opening. I could never have imagined the full impact of our modern lives on children, which for many is sedentary, material, and divorced from nature.