A group of scientists from Flinders University in Australia, published an article warning that humanity would be “almost doomed” because of its own attitudes. According to scholars, the scale of threats motivated by climate changes and the loss of biodiversity Man-induced effects can have even more serious effects than currently imagined.
In the study published in the journal Frontiers in Conservation Science, the researchers warn of a “ghastly future”, which would involve a mass extinction and even the end of our kind. "Humanity is causing a rapid loss of biodiversity and, with it, the Earth's ability to sustain complex lives," said lead author and ecologist, Corey Bradshaw.
The researchers say that world leaders need a “cold shower” on the environmental status of the planet, both to improve planning and to take effective actions to prevent this future from being in the short or medium term.
"The mainstream is having a hard time understanding the magnitude of this loss, despite the constant erosion of the structure of human civilization," said Bradshaw. "In fact, the scale of threats to the biosphere and all its forms of life is so great that it is difficult to understand even by well-informed experts", added the professor.
Main aggravating factors
For Bradshaw and his team, humanity has arrived in this situation due to a thought that does not put environmental issues as a priority. "The problem is compounded by ignorance and short-term self-interest, with the search for wealth and political interests hindering the action that is crucial for survival," said the expert.
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As for Professor Paul Ehrlich, from Stanford University, we United States, one of the co-authors of the study, no political, economic or leadership systems are ready to deal with the disasters that must happen. According to him, it would not even be possible to prepare for the disasters predicted for our future.
"Stopping the loss of biodiversity is far from being at the top of any country's priorities, lagging far behind other concerns such as employment, health, economic growth or monetary stability," complained the academic.
Without fear of unpopularity
Another author of the article, Professor Dan Blumstein, from the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA), declared that scientists are no longer saving on words by issuing warnings about the risks posed by climate change. According to him, this is happening because human life literally depends on an urgent change in attitudes.
“What we are saying may not be popular and, in fact, it is scary. But we need to be frank, precise and honest, ”said Blumstein. "Humanity needs to understand the enormity of the challenges we face in creating a sustainable future".
For the teacher, it is necessary to slow down the pace of increase in human consumption and that the use of inputs is made in a more sustainable way. However, the expert does not see this happening and neither do governments taking action to change the game. "When we fully understand the impact of ecological deterioration, it will be too late", warns the scientist.
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