We generally know that the earth is in a bad state. In light of climate change and the various forms of pollution, it is common knowledge that humans have played a prominent role in the current environmental situation.
However, researchers say that few of us really have this awareness and that many do not yet understand the problems and consequences of the destruction of our planet. Worse, some would just think about making short-term gains without thinking about the future consequences.
The earth faces a question of life and death
In a perspective article published in the journal Frontiers in Conservation Science, the researchers sought to clarify the situation – more specifically, the disaster that is unfolding, which they believe will not improve unless drastic initiatives are taken be seized. They even predict that species, if left unchecked, are threatened with mass extinction and that humanity too will experience a cruel future that will seal their fate.
Pessimistic, skeptical and frightening forecast? Dan Blumstein, co-author of the study and environmentalist at the University of California at Los Angeles, speaks directly about “life or death” and points out that “what we say may not be popular and have frightening effects. But we must be open, precise and honest if humanity is to understand the enormous challenges we face in creating a sustainable future. “
The problem is exacerbated by “ignorance and short-term self-interest, pursuit of wealth and political interests”. Photo credit: Shutterstock / Pictrider
Among these challenges, researchers say the world’s current political and economic systems are focused on short-term challenges and gains that are driving issues of climate change, biodiversity loss, and ecological degradation, reports The Byte.
The researchers urge governments to stop being selfish and look long-term
Corey Bradshaw, senior writer and conservationist at Flinders University, said in a press release that “humankind is causing rapid loss of biodiversity and, with it, the Earth’s ability to support complex life.” He added that “the magnitude of the threats to the biosphere and all of its life forms is so great that it is difficult for even a well-informed expert to grasp”. Still, he points out that “ignorance and short-term self-interest, the pursuit of prosperity and political interests” exacerbate the problem.
Another problem for Paul Ehrlich, co-author of the study and a biologist at Stanford University, is that most economies consider countermeasures too political to be “politically acceptable”. Researchers therefore doubt that the changes needed to change the climate and environmental emergency will come in time, given disinformation campaigns and the tendency of economies to protect only their short-term gains.