A total of more than 15,000 scientists from 184 countries have signed an article titled “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice.” From the title of article itself, it contains and details pressing environmental concerns and offer suggestions for a better path forward.
For decades now, negative human activity has profoundly and greatly affect our environment, most of all people were aware on that, yet many of them deny that we have a problem, a serious dilemma.
The article is a second notice of experts from all over the world, they first issued a warning in 1992. The latest “manifestation” is not just a recap of destruction but gives measure on how to reverse impact of the problem.
The document entitled “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice,” an article published in the November 13 issue of BioScience.
Furthermore, scientists’ warning outlines the specific dangers of the path we’re currently taking and offers suggestions for setting a new course.
The idea of the document is to energize the public to put pressure on governments around the world to address the issue.
This effort follows in the footsteps of “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity,” an article published by the Union of Concerned Scientists in 1992. It can be remembered that a total of 1,700 experts inked off on that document, which should demonstrate just how much more worrisome the situation has gotten over the last quarter-century.
“[A Second Notice] is a way to revisit the warning that was put out 25 years ago and kind of take stock — What has happened since? Has there been progress? — to revisit the questions that warning put out there,” paper co-author Eileen Crist of Virginia Tech.
According to the latest article, the situation is undeniably bleak, with the authors providing a host of damning statistics that illustrate just how much damage has already been done over the past 25 years.
One of the “worrisome” fact is that the amount of fresh water available per capita has dropped by 26 percent. Almost 300 million acres of forestland have been destroyed.
Also, the global population of mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and fish has dropped by 29 percent, while the human population has increased by 35 percent.
“The consensus is that we have not done enough,” said Crist.
Crist also notes the Montreal Protocol and its effect on ozone depletion as an exception, but acknowledges that most issues have grown worse.
“Deforestation continues, and we’re in the throes of a mass extinction event. Scientists warn that, in this century, if we continue to go as we’ve been going, we’re likely to lose 50 to 75 percent of the Earth’s species,” said Crist.
“The importance of that cannot be overstated. This is not something that can be fixed. It’s not something that has a solution later on. It’s just permanent,” she added.
Authors have indicated a viable solutions and suggestions, including the establishment of more protected wild spaces on land and at sea, better anti-poaching regulations and restrictions of wildlife trading, improvements to programs that offer family planning and education to women, a widespread shift toward plant-based diets, and a far-reaching transition to renewable and otherwise green sources of energy.
Crist also noted the “closing gap” between experts sees on the problem and how the general public see it.
“There is a really big gap between what the scientific community knows, and is aware of, and is writing about, and what is generally out there in the public,” Crist emphasized.
Ideally, the report will help narrow that gap by providing the average person with access to a large quantity of scientifically accurate information, getting members of the public rethinking their stance on environmental issues.
“We are hoping that our paper will ignite a wide-spread public debate about the global environment and climate,” co-author William Ripple said in a press release.