Why Do We Ignore Solving The 6th Mass Extinction? Answer: Do World Leaders Believe It Could Happen? Likely Not!

By Donald A. Collins | 18 January 2023
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The political, cultural, economic and environmental disarray here and around the world has become increasingly important as our environmental situation worsens.

Inaction or inadequate action will shorty become beyond human repair.

Yet our leaders seem to worry about balloons more than raising the chances for international togetherness which could lead to saving humanity and the flora and fauna that makes our human lives possible.

Overcoming the mythologies that motivate against such cooperation includes religions, secular traditions, and inflexible social systems which we now have the technology and knowledge to modify before it is too late.

That we can explore our universe and beyond with our new telescope gives humanity the insights to see our minuscule position in time and space.

It is a seminal moment in human history to grasped by incisive action.

Who is calling out for this new evaluation of our situation?

The answer is No One In Power. No world leader, certainly not a religious leader, or dictators ensconced in temporal power or even democratic leaders whose constituencies are so splintered by their focus on issues shortly to prove ephemeral as our planet’s future turns dangerously inhospitable.

The obvious next step which urgently needs to be taken? Getting the world’s major leaders together and finding out if they truly understand the unique enormity of the global situation. My guess is that most of them really do not or are unwilling to say they do not for fear of being thought stupid.

Even if they were not fully on board afterwards the steps to not having a stupid, dangerous and insular view of behavior such as Putin would be lessened.

Scientists now know the future as briefly recapped here.

As scientists now have conclusively proven, the evidence of human disaster has accumulated as the result of our devastating attacks on our planet’s resources. That huge impact on human sustainability could be felt by 2070 was predicted by a recent World Wildlife study and featured in a 60 Minutes segment.

Still the environmental goals promised by most of the world’s industrialized nations at the UN COP meetings have over and over, meeting after meeting NOT been achieved.

The underlying impetus for this crisis comes from the growth of human numbers from 2 billion in 1930 to 8 billion now, with 3 more billion predicted by 2100.

Why no adequately effective action taken yet? Simple answer as argued above: not enough believe this can happen or if it does they won’t be alive then.

In short human arrogance, fecklessness and greed are so diversifying that concerted action is constantly being deferred with reports of solutions coming down the road! Like virtually no more fossil fuel use by 2050! Or we might be able to keep world temperatures low enough to stop the massive ice melting. Or you name the happy talk or worse the inane concerns about issues not central to saving life on earth.

The die is now cast for disaster.

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”, “Can Homo Sapiens Survive?”, “Will Choice and Democracy Win?” and “Can Our U.S. Survive 8 Plus Billion of Us”.

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