World Wildlife Fund chief executive “We are the first generation to know we are destroying our planet and the last one that can do anything about it.”

By | 2018-11-01T04:47:02+00:00 November 1st, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |7 Comments

Courtesy of CNN:

Global wildlife populations have fallen by 60% in just over four decades, as accelerating pollution, deforestation, climate change and other manmade factors have created a “mindblowing” crisis, the World Wildlife Fund has warned in a damning new report.

The total numbers of more than 4,000 mammal, bird, fish, reptile and amphibian species declined rapidly between 1970 and 2014, the Living Planet Report 2018 says.

Current rates of species extinction are now up to 1,000 times higher than before human involvement in animal ecosystems became a factor.

The proportion of the planet’s land that is free from human impact is projected to drop from a quarter to a tenth by 2050, as habitat removal, hunting, pollution, disease and climate change continue to spread, the organization added.

The group has called for an international treaty, modeled on the Paris climate agreement, to be drafted to protect wildlife and reverse human impacts on nature.

It warned that current efforts to protect the natural world are not keeping up with the speed of manmade destruction.

WWF UK Chief Executive Tanya Steele added in a statement, “We are the first generation to know we are destroying our planet and the last one that can do anything about it.”

Well, that’s chilling. 

According to this article at The Guardian we only have three choices: 

The world faces a near-impossible decision – one that is already determining the character and quality of the lives of the generations succeeding us.

It is clear from the latest IPCC climate report that the first and only effective course, albeit a deeply unpopular one, would be to stop using any fossil fuels. The second would be to voluntarily minimize their use as much as climate scientists have calculated would deliver some prospect of success. Finally, we can carry on as we are by aiming to meet the growth in demand for activities dependent on fossil fuels, allowing market forces to mitigate the problems that such a course of action generates – and leave it to the next generation to set in train realistic solutions (if that is possible), that the present one has been unable to find.

These are the choices. There are no others. Future generations will judge us on what we choose to do in full knowledge – accessories before the fact – of the devastating consequences of continuing with our energy-profligate lifestyles.

Yeah I know I said we had three choices, but I lied. 

We have just the one, essentially the same one that we have had for the last three decades. 

The question is are we finally ready to act on it? 

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7 Comments

  1. Charlotte November 1, 2018 at 3:35 am

    That image is haunting.

    • Beaglemom November 1, 2018 at 4:59 am

      I was going to say that it’s heartbreaking. What a mess we humans are making of our glorious planet!

  2. tj November 1, 2018 at 5:32 am

    There is a 1990s documentary from British technology historian James Burke called “After the Warming” that is quite fascinating to see in the context of 2018.
    The predictions in it were dire and we are WELL past them today. The kind of world cooperation it said was necessary seems fantastical in today’s
    political environment.

  3. WA Skeptic November 1, 2018 at 5:55 am

    Sadly, the answer is “No”.

  4. Anonymous November 1, 2018 at 8:23 am

    too much dumbasses who outweigh the sensible one’s. poor animals will die out. planet will warm and the ugly American will still stand on his little soapbox wagging his righteous finger. or in Donald case, his little finger.

  5. Anonymous November 1, 2018 at 11:17 am

    It really makes me sad to see all the animals that are going or will be extinct. They didn’t ask for this and are helpless to do anything about it.

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