Back in 1992, the World’s Scientists published their first warning to humanity, stating we were on a collision course with the natural world. They emphasized that “a great change in our stewardship of the Earth and the life on it is required, if vast human misery is to be avoided.”
We ignored their warning. We did essentially nothing.
Then, in December 2017, over 20,000 Scientists endorsed a second warning that noted:
“By failing to adequately limit population growth, reassess the role of an economy rooted in growth, reduce greenhouse gases, incentivize renewable energy, protect habitat, restore ecosystems, curb pollution, halt defaunation, and constrain invasive alien species, humanity is not taking the urgent steps needed to safeguard our imperilled biosphere.”
We have emphasized limiting population growth and reassing the role of an economy rooted in growth because, if we fail to address these two concerns, failure of virtually all the rest will follow.
The scientists concluded:
“To prevent widespread misery and catastrophic biodiversity loss, humanity must practice a more environmentally sustainable alternative to business as usual. This prescription was well articulated by the world’s leading scientists 25 years ago, but in most respects, we have not heeded their warning. Soon it will be too late to shift course away from our failing trajectory, and time is running out. We must recognize, in our day-to-day lives and in our governing institutions, that Earth with all its life is our only home.”
What will we do this time?
You can do something immediately by endorsing the scientists second warning as an individual at Scientist’s Warning.org