15,365 scientists from 185 nations who want attention of all human beings say, there is no place like home in this universe, our warm and watery planet earth. But we won’t be living here long if humans don’t change their ways.
On November 13, the Journal Bioscience issued a report “world scientists’ warning to humanity: A second notice “in four languages- English, Spanish, French and Portuguese. The first warning was published 1992 when 1,700 members of the Union Concerned Scientists contended on human beings, quoting that” On a collision course with nature.” That group, which united numerous Nobel laureates, urged the whole world to save the earth from life-threatening climate change by preserving forests, burning fewer fossil fuels, limiting population growth and improving food production.
Contemporary scientists inscribe, “on the twenty-fifth anniversary of their call, we look back at their warning and evaluate the human response.” The scientists find, brace yourselves-we didn’t respond well.
Since 1992, with the exception of steadying the stratospheric ozone layer. The paper states, humanity has “failed to make sufficient progress in generally solving foreseen environmental challenges, and alarmingly, most of them getting far worse.” Its authors add they are especially troubled by “the current trajectory of potentially catastrophic climate change…by burning fossil fuels, deforestation, and agricultural production-particularly from farming ruminants for meat consumption.”
They also remark that this rapid warming has “unleashed a mass extinction event, the sixth in roughly 540 million years.”
Scientists forecast many existing life forms could be eradicated or near extinction by the end of this century.
However, there is some hope. Human beings have shown that, with concreted exertion, we are able to make sustainable and positive changes. The scientists argue, the global decline in the use of ozone-reducing substances progress is possible and destruction is not unavoidable.
Altogether, humans have made advancement in reducing extreme hunger and poverty, declines in deforestation in some specific regions, and fast growth in the renewable-energy sector.
But, more must be done. Lest we find ourselves homeless, the paper invites to all to help by being voters and informed consumers.
Time is running out; the Scientists caution us:
To prevent catastrophic biodiversity loss and prevalent misery, humanity must rehearse a more environmentally sustainable alternative to business as usual. This recipiency was well expressed by the world’s leading scientists 25 years ago, but in most of the contexts, we have not observed their warning. We must acknowledge in our governing institutions and everyday lives, that earth with all its life is our only home.