Nothing is ultimately as important as this.
Courtesy of CNN:
One million of the planet’s eight million species are threatened with extinction by humans, scientists warned Monday in what is described as the most comprehensive assessment of global nature loss ever.
Their landmark report paints a bleak picture of a planet ravaged by an ever-growing human population, whose insatiable consumption is destroying the natural world.
The global rate of species extinction “is already tens to hundreds of times higher than it has been, on average, over the last 10 million years,” according to the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), a UN committee, whose report was written by 145 experts from 50 countries.
Shrinking habitat, exploitation of natural resources, climate change and pollution are the main drivers of species loss and are threatening more than 40% of amphibians, 33% of coral reefs and over a third of all marine mammals with extinction, the IPBES report said.
“The health of ecosystems on which we and all other species depend is deteriorating more rapidly than ever,” said Sir Robert Watson, IPBES chair, adding that “transformative change” is needed to save the planet.
A transformative change like perhaps the Green New Deal or a similarly aggressive approach to dealing with climate change perhaps?
We are so far past a time when we can sit back and do nothing that it is almost ridiculous now.
Our reticence to do the hard work is leaving behind a planet that may not sustain our grandchildren or those generations to follow.
Make no mistake, the planet will survive.
The question is how many species will survive along with it, and will one of them be humankind?