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Wōcrz lc p intu ɖ nîtscî abv Twisltn Scar in ɖ Yorx́r Dêlz naśnl parc – ɖ larjist darc-scî rzrv in ɖ YC. Foṭgraf: Dani Lwsn/PA

Đ Gardịn vy on darc scîz: w nīd ɖm

(Transcription of a Guardian editorial of 7 April 2021)

Lîtp’lūśn z cilñ insects n brdz – n an enćnt hymn cnx́n wɖ ɖ hevnli bodiz

7 Epril 2021

Svir lîtp’luśn in Britn apirz t hv fōḷn, acordñ t ɖ CPRÑ, ɖ cuntrisîd ćaṛti. Acrs a wīc in Febrri, ɖ ćaṛti asct voḷntirz t lc p n cǎnt ɖ starz ɖe cd si. Ɖ rzults sjst ɖt 51% v ptisipnts wr xpirịnsñ svir lîtp’luśn, cmperd t 61% ɖ prīvịs yir – an ifct, ɖ ćaṛti cncludd, v darcr tǎn n siti sntrz, dy t locdǎn. Sadli, ɖo, ɖ ovr-ol trend z wuriyñ: hymn iluṃneśn v ɖ planit z growñ bî 2% a yir. Ɖs hz sirịs consiqnsz: ɖr z mǎntñ evidns ɖt lîtp’luśn z a sirịs cntribytñfactr t ẃt hz bn cōld ɖ “insect apoc̣lips”. Disorịntd bî lît, brdz olso dî az ɖe mîgret ovr sitiz: a dstresñ 100,000 a yir s’cum ovr Ny Yorc Siti, cnfyzd bî ɖ iluṃneśn v ɖ scîscreprz. Ɖ s’lūśn z simpl n obvịs: t trn uņesṣri lîts of – olso sevñ eṇji – n t śêd ɖoz rqîrd at strīt levl.

Lîtp’luśn olso hz ɖ ifct v dīraṣnetñ hymnz in dnsli popyletd eriaz fṛm ẃt wz wns a vivid, intns, n ofn dīpli jenṛtiv rleśnśp wɖ ɖ nîtscî. In enćnt Baḅlońa, astroṇmi wz inxtricbli linct wɖ ɖ dveḷpmnt v branćz v maʈ̇matics, wɖ cozmoḷji n diṿneśn, n wɖ ɖ istabliśmnt v caḷndrz. Rli Grīc f’loṣfrz n maʈṃtiśnz wr olso cnsrnd wɖ ɖ arenjmnt v ɖ hevnli bodiz, borowñ heṿli fṛm ɖer īstn fōrberz t trî t unḍstand ɖ yṇvrs n ɖ hymn ples wɖn it. Starz, v cors, hv bn yzd sins tîm immorịl t hlp hymn biyñz muv arnd ɖ planit: Poḷnīźnz yzd a renj v meʈ̇dz, includñ starnaṿgeśn, t travl pṛdijs distnsz acrs ɖ Psific.

Ɖ starz olso bròt a wlʈ v storiz t mni culćrz in ɖer fîri wecs. Ɖ Gret Ber, or Ursa Mejr, wz wns ɖ Arcedịn prinsis C’listo, a seliḅt folowr v ɖ huntrgodes Arṭmis. Aftr ś wz rept bî ɖ god Ziys ś wz, in an rli xampl v victimblemñ, trnsformd intu a ber. Hr hymn bebi wz tecn awe fṛm hr n rezd at hiz granfaɖr’z cort; ẃn h grù p h wnt ǎt huntñ n, nt recgnîzñ hiz ŕsîn muɖr, wd hv cild hr, hd ɖe nt bʈ bn trnd intu consṭleśnz – h ɖ Litl Ber, Ursa Mînr. Or tec Casịpīa: ɖ consṭleśn z ofn rec̣gnîzd bcz it lcs lîc ɖ letr “W”, bt trn it on its sîd n y’l si an Īʈiopịn qīn on hr ʈron.

A woćr v ɖ scîz rīćz bynd ɖ evride intu ō – or cumḟt. CS Luis cmperd Dante’z cnspśn v ɖ cozmos, az h wz léd ʈru it on hiz jrni in ɖ Dvîn Coṃdi, t biyñ “cnductd ʈru an imns cʈīdṛl” az opozd t ɖ post-Inlîtnmnt viźn v ɖ nîtscî, in ẃć w fīl w r “lost in a śorlis sì”. Bt ẃtvr w fīl ẃn w lc p at nît, w instñtivli fīl ɖt w r in ɖ prezns v smʈñ mgnifisnt, smʈñ gretr ɖn ɖ mir humdrum. W, jst lîc uɖr animlz on Rʈ, despṛtli nīd ǎr darc scîz.

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