The major UN announcement of the report on climate threats from the IPCC this week which appeared on this web site. Its headline read, “Earth to Hit Critical Warming Threshold by Early 2030s, Climate Panel Says”
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U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres argued the IPCC’s findings show that "humanity is on thin ice—and that ice is melting fast".
Demanding Swift Action, UN Chief Calls IPCC Report a ‘Survival Guide for Humanity’ https://t.co/3clUaeudDY via @ChurchAndStateN
— Church and State (@ChurchAndStateN) March 22, 2023
Been reporting on climate science fulltime for 5+ years now but graphics like this from @IPCC_CH still give me shivers!
— Daisy Dunne (@daisydunnesci) March 20, 2023
The vast number of people who seem to be not yet aware or remain skeptical about the possibility of a vast 6th Extinction in this century remind me of a story in my childhood about a fictional character named Chicken Little who shrieked “The sky is failing” inciting her audience to needless fear.
The history of that story is interesting and popular since first conceived in the 17th century.
But this time, based on a far shorter history is the fact that in a symbolic way the sky could soon be falling by forcing on earth’s inhabitants to the reality of scarcity and environmental trauma, the early stages of which are totally observable right now as the 6th Extinction looms closer.
Recall at the time of the 5th Extinction, 65 and a half million years ago, the sky didn’t fall, but the meteor’s impact caused the planet’s sky to be covered with a thick layer of dust which lasted sufficiently long to cause the deaths of all the giant mammals which had dominated earth to that time.
Falling asleep to the facts of our current climate crisis opens the way to that 6th Extinction no one seems to really believe, or more serious actions would be afoot to meet the challenges the scientists tell us is now so evidently close, likely burgeon in the century.
Perhaps the profusion of small events can awaken us as we daily hear about or are experiencing can alert the rich elites who feel they are rich enough to avoid such small anomalies’ annoyances.
“The next few decades will be the end of the kind of civilization we’re used to.”
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) January 2, 2023
Yes, stemming from the effects of the impact of an historically high world population, more and more people are daily beset with adversities such as undo crowding, climatically unique events, poisoned environments, inadequate medical help, and desperate homelessness apart from the raging war in Ukraine.
Us more affluent readers, listeners, or viewers of the news from newspapers, radios, television and now the instant access of information from our cell phones feel somehow protected from such threats as happenings far from our secure and comfortable lives. Our refusal to fix gun control represents the same stupid mindset, albeit with less far reaching impact.
When does the mythical sky really fall or make the discomfiture of enough of us to awaken–well the IPCC evidence is screaming for action NOW. What could have been averted this situation? If the 3.4 billion humans then alive in the world in 1965 had been provided with help so all women could have freely chosen the number of children they could nurture.
Very simple fact: The human numbers then were sustainable. The 8 billion now are not.
Transformation to such a level will not likely choose the most humane, just, or democratic route. But based on the lack of doing something, our numbers will be reduced in the most efficient and rapid manner by death, disease, war and environmental destruction. Then with the loss of most other resources, the 6th Extinction will be upon the remaining humans.
Birth limitation methods needed were available in 1965, when a 3.4 world population could have been sustainable. Now it’s too late as the mortality of the unserved will increase, so that today’s prolife advocates are actually recommending a pro death policy as world conditions will rapidly deteriorate.
Overpopulation is directly contributing to climate change, and that, in turn, is causing devastating effects, especially in communities with less wealth.
How Is Population Growth Related to Climate Change? https://t.co/ys49kOkg2Y via @ChurchAndStateN
— Church and State (@ChurchAndStateN) March 22, 2023
Do you believe that we have destroyed all but one third of the world’s natural resources? Can those resources be be restored or even partially recovered? The evidence of those destructions has been widely reported.
The promises of the world’s nations at the several UN COP meetings to stem climatic destruction have to date not been kept.
Thought! Would the present worldwide banking crisis alert rich elites that their paper riches are not going to be a substitute for the vastly destroyed natural resources. Certainly not in my view as the connection will not now likely be recognized.
The evidence that human greed and ignorance can suddenly moderate is slim.
“What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?”: https://t.co/fHuh0CG6JD
“We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?”: https://t.co/TA4j7cp1tE
“From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013”: https://t.co/lkC2t3E1A9 pic.twitter.com/bQsL2mLBcO
— Church and State (@ChurchAndStateN) November 1, 2021
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