15,000 Scientists From 184 Countries Have Come Together To Tell Us That Humankind Is In Danger
Scientists agree that if we don’t do something to stop the desolation of our planet Earth, our days are numbered. In fact, renowned cosmologist Stephen Hawking isn’t even sure we can save the Earth at all. Instead, he believes we need to perfect space travel, as our only chance of survival lies in starting over elsewhere.
Now, more than 15,000 Scientists from across 184 Countries have issued a code red alert to the world at large - We’re killing ourselves and we need to stop.
The scientists, led by eminent researchers like Jane Goodall, EO Wilson, and James Hansen, have signed a warning published in the journal BioScience this Monday. Titled “World Scientists' Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice,” the article has 15,372 signatories across scientific fields of research. It’s possibly the largest-ever coalition to show solidarity with a scientific piece.
The scientists explain that the state of humanity right now, as well as our future existence, is at serious risk from climate change, deforestation, loss of freshwater, extinctions and the population boom. The current article is actually a sequel to a warning originally printed in 1992, 25 years ago. That was signed by 1,700 scientists, including most Nobel Prize science winners alive at the time.
“We did the update because we wanted to let the public know where we stand today,” William Ripple, an ecologist at Oregon State University and co-author on the “Second Notice” article, said, “Since 1992, carbon dioxide emissions have jumped 62% percent and the global temperature is up 29% percent, while the abundance of vertebrate wildlife has plunged 29% percent.”
According to the Research team’s data, there’s been a 26% percent reduction in the amount of freshwater available per capita, and a 75% percent increase in the number of ocean dead zones. These are spots in the oceans where human-caused pollutants have depleted the oxygen, making it incapable of supporting marine life. In addition, nearly 300 million acres of forestland have been lost across the world. All of this in the last 25 years.
“These are alarming trends. We need the services provided by nature for our own survival,” Ripple added.
In fact, the only bit of positive news the researchers had to announce was that the hole in the ozone layer was healing, thanks to the world’s efforts under the Montreal Protocol. That and the fact that countries are, promisingly, moving towards renewable energy.
Mainstream media largely ignored the original warning published in 1992. Ripple and his team members hope that this time around, their warning won’t go unheeded