As more and more scientific studies undeniably prove the seriousness of climate change, world leaders such as United States President, Donald Trump, continue to ignore the gravity of our predicament.
Yesterday over 11,000 researchers globally announced a stark alert in regards to the destruction and chaotic change humans will inevitably face due to the shifting climate. Perhaps nobody wants to hear about it, but scientists say are they bound to a “moral obligation to tell it like it is”.
Chief Science and Policy Officer at the Conservation Biology Institute and lead author of the report, Phoebe Barnard, says that there is no way around the facts and there are no short cuts for policymakers.
“Posterity will remember them badly for dismissing climate change as a serious threat to our civilization,” says Barnard.
Even though the data remains clear, immediate profit still triumphs over sustainable survival in the minds of our global influencers. In 2017, over 16,000 scientists from over 180 countries published a notice saying that “human beings and the natural world are on a collision course.”
In the recent report published in BioScience, scientists from more than 150 countries expressed that the dire environmental conditions are “closely linked to excessive consumption of the wealthy lifestyle.”
The scientists said, “Despite 40 years of global climate negotiations, with few exceptions, we have generally conducted business as usual and have largely failed to address this predicament”.
Six main issues
The authors pointed to six primary focal points that require our attention if we hope to reverse climate change and maintain a sustainable balance. The issues include doing away with fossil fuels, decreasing emissions from climate pollutants like methane, reducing or preferably stopping the consumption of meat, repairing and looking after ecosystems, establishing an economy that isn’t reliant on carbon-emitting technologies, and forming population regulations through family planning services.
According to Barnard, the shift in lifestyle shouldn’t be considered as “sacrifices” but rather as a method of “transforming things that we have found stressful.”