Humanity can survive without cars, jobs and money – but without clean water, fresh air and food [and maybe cold beer] we’d have more to worry about than just Kendall Jenner’s crappy Pepsi ad and Donald Trump’s Twitter rants.
Thankfully, some very clever people have had the bright idea to store almost every possible seed that can be found on the planet in a safe vault somewhere in Norway, close to the Arctic Circle. It’s far enough from people and their stupidity to be safe from harm and any wayward cruise missile that may just so happen to be floating around overhead.
Among the most important buildings in the world, the Seed Vault holds the key to human survival: more than 880,000 seed samples, the largest collection in the world. These seeds are critical because, unless safeguarded, agriculture biodiversity is at risk of decline in the face of changing environmental and population pressures.
It’s too bad we didn’t feel the same way about the Great Barrier Reef before we completely destroyed it this week, but then again – you can’t eat coral.