12 October 2018
“Despite all the warnings of global warming and imminent disaster, it is unlikely that we will change our ways until a real catastrophe actually occurs,” the Irish Independent’s Joe Barry writes.
We have all read about the storms, droughts, melting ice caps and rising sea levels occurring worldwide, but we are probably not prepared to do anything meaningful about it, Barry notes.
A lot of hot air will be generated during debates, but if changing the way we behave requires a reduction in our living standards, then nothing will happen.
If the worst occurs and the prophets of doom are proved correct, by then it will probably be too late. Our children will be faced with wars, famine and destitution as strong nations attempt to take over the scarce resources available in other countries and in the poorer areas of the globe, people will simply starve.
The remarkable thing is that the real cause of global warming is rarely mentioned. It is the elephant in the room. Everyone can see it but no one wants to speak about it, presumably because this subject is a contentious one and challenges the core beliefs of many religions.
The undeniable fact is that we, the human race, are the cause of our own difficulties and unless we reduce our numbers, we will self-destruct.
We blame the increase in livestock numbers as one reason for climate change while refusing to acknowledge that the true cause is too many people consuming rapidly depleting resources.
The basic belief that man was put on this earth to dominate all other creatures is still widespread, despite unfolding evidence that we are destroying the means of our survival.
This message was echoed by over 15,000 scientists in November 2017. The scientists’ warning was published in the international journal BioScience, and marked an update to the “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity” issued by nearly 1,700 leading scientists in November 1992.
On the twenty-fifth anniversary of their call, we look back at their warning and evaluate the human response by exploring available time-series data. Since 1992, with the exception of stabilizing the stratospheric ozone layer, humanity has failed to make sufficient progress in generally solving these foreseen environmental challenges, and alarmingly, most of them are getting far worse. Especially troubling is the current trajectory of potentially catastrophic climate change due to rising GHGs from burning fossil fuels, deforestation, and agricultural production—particularly from farming ruminants for meat consumption. Moreover, we have unleashed a mass extinction event, the sixth in roughly 540 million years, wherein many current life forms could be annihilated or at least committed to extinction by the end of this century.
We are jeopardizing our future “by not perceiving continued rapid population growth as a primary driver behind many ecological and even societal threats,” the scientists wrote. “By failing to adequately limit population growth, reassess the role of an economy rooted in growth, reduce greenhouse gases, incentivize renewable energy, protect habitat, restore ecosystems, curb pollution, halt defaunation, and constrain invasive alien species, humanity is not taking the urgent steps needed to safeguard our imperilled biosphere.”
— Eliécer E. Gutiérrez (@ee_gutierrez) November 22, 2017
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Al Bartlett – Democracy Cannot Survive Overpopulation
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