More than 15,000 scientists around the world have issued a global warning: there needs to be change in order to save Earth. It comes 25 years after the first notice in 1992 when a mere 1,500 scientists issued a similar warning. This new cautioning — which gained popularity on Twitter with #ScientistsWarningToHumanity — garnered more than 15,000 signatures. With William Ripple of Oregon State University’s College of Forestry starting the campaign. His findings:
– A decline in freshwater availability.
– Unsustainable marine fisheries.
– Ocean dead zones.
– Forest losses.
– Dwindling biodiversity.
– Climate change.
– Population growth.
There was one positive outcome, however: a rapid decline in ozone depletion, while carbon emissions have increased 62 per cent, the global average temperature change has paralleled that and there are two billion more people on Earth, a 35 per cent increase with a chief concern our ecological footprint with an increase in consumerism that puts a toll on the environment.
And it’s the middle class where people begin to increase their carbon footprint: they buy appliances and cars, eat more meat and travel.
If we lose 50 to 75 per cent of the species on the planet in this century — which is what scientists are telling us what will occur if we continue to operate as business-as-usual — if this happens, this can not be fixed.
(Source: CBC; Image Courtesy of yahoo.com)