Hello Homo Sapiens! Is The 6th Mass Extinction Well Underway? Indeed!

By Donald A. Collins | 1 August 2022
Church and State

(Photo by Javier Miranda on Unsplash)

The July 28th news of possible passage of a new bill in Congress which would include significant money to deal with our climate crisis stirs my hopes, but critics already argue the amount is only a very late start on a solution against the 6th extinction now underway.

There have been 5 previous massive extinctions, the last being the meteor hitting the Yucatan peninsula 66.5 million years ago, causing the loss of vast numbers of worldwide species of flora and fauna.

The Washington Post’s July 31st obituary about the recent death at 103 of James Lovelock offers us another environmental pioneer’s warning about the planet’s increasing vulnerability. Here are few quotes:

As the British research vessel RRS Shackleton steamed toward Antarctica in 1971, scientist James Lovelock was a familiar presence on deck along with his invention: an ultrasensitive instrument that could detect virtually any trace of pollutants and other environmental toxins.

Even in the most remote reaches of the South Atlantic, Dr. Lovelock’s device found that the air carried chlorofluorocarbons then used in aerosols, refrigerants and other commercial applications.

It was a moment where the major threads of Dr. Lovelock’s groundbreaking work and theories began to braid into one. He was already exploring his hypothesis that Earth itself is a fully interwoven ecosystem — “like a gigantic living thing” — that can self-regulate to sustain life.

The readings from the ship brought a sharper edge to his Gaia theory, named after the Greek goddess who personified the Earth. It showed no place on the planet was untouched by man-made threats to the environment, findings that helped launch Dr. Lovelock’s reputation as a planetary caretaker with an ailing patient.”

Read his full fascinating history here.

The July 31th page one Washington Post story about the continuing destruction of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest underlines such concerns. Read this story here.

While we know stopping this world class asset’s destruction would be complex, such irreplaceable assets require concerted international action.

Why doesn’t the world buy this asset? We have for a time at least avoided nuclear war and our world’s mutual self-destruction. This rainforest killing is just slower and one of multiple examples now ongoing around our planet of how we are achieving MSD.

Simply by reading and listening to the mass media, those of us not affected by the daily unique records being set around the world of human tragedies caused by human misuse and overuse of our diminishing life sustaining resources, one knows the truth of a possible 6th extinction.

Our mainstream media offers repeatedly daily examples of unique weather, food shortages, untreated medical conditions, and many other disasters. And these events, as we know, are not “fake media” messages, but recurring daily tragedies!

One key point: Without changing our mania for endless growth now occurring on a finite plant, sustainable life can’t be maintained for long.

Former Vice President Al Gore just recently cited his earlier call for action about what experts predicted would be adverse climate facts 20 years ago.

But those imprecations continue to be mostly talked about and/or ignored.

However, as noted experts have long explained, the most important change needed, is to drastically reduce human numbers! Free contraception for all women would be a huge but unlikely happening which my son’s recent book advocates. My latest book entitled, “Can Homo Sapiens Survive?” leaves little hope without urgent changes.

Credible expert opinions are abundant about the coming extinction.

Read one powerful article in full here.

It begins as follows:

Can we stop the devastation of our planet and save our own species? We are in a biodiversity crisis — the fastest mass extinction in Earth’s history, largely due to:

human destruction of ecosystems
overexploitation of species and natural resources
human overpopulation
the spread of agriculture
pollution

That urgently needed reduction in human numbers will likely only happen after it is too late to fix the imbalance caused by the many above factors that affect our climate.

Humans, in numbers now completely unsustainable, will perhaps continue to ravage everything on the planet until there are even greater shortages of food, water, and other resources which may or may not be accompanied by wars which could turn nuclear. Look at Ukraine as an example.

You’ve seen countless humorous cartoons portraying some little character saying, “The end is near”.

Well, the end of our present level of human excess consumption is near, doubtlessly within the lifespan of most people alive today.

Greta Thunberg’s comment of “Blah, blah, blah” significantly defines the outcomes of the various recent international meetings urging unified actions on climate. They have not generated responses nearly adequate to forego disaster nor to treat all the other factors which affect climate.

In short, the age of the widespread use of fossil fuel has in less than 100 years brought us to the brink of collapse which solar, nuclear, or wind cannot soon if ever replace!

By 2030 the effects of this indifference will be so obvious that some major initiatives could be underway, but likely too late to avert widespread violence, disruption of governance which could lead to harsh authoritarianism and likely to no solutions that we now would find desirable.

Enjoying at 91 every day of my present life gives me time to worry about the future of my younger family members and to forecast the above as certain unless massive actions are taken.

In God we trust won’t do it and the religious zealots, dictators and other egocentric agents seeking ultimate power will be empowered, so that noble experiments like our democracy and overall acceptable world order could be swept away.

As with the dinosaurs after the meteor hit earth 66.5 million years ago, some of us will survive but the magical world we inherited will be largely gone.

Again, our manic fixation with growth on a finite planet can’t prevail, as the present human numbers now consume much more every year than earth can offer us, making a sustainable end to billions of lives certain and soon.

The awakening for restorative action even now may be too late.

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC, has spent over 50 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of “From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013”, “Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive?”, “We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?”, “What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?”, “Vote” and “Can Homo Sapiens Survive?”.

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Sir David Attenborough on overpopulation

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