Over 15,000 scientists from around the world have come together to sign and support an unprecedented “warning to humanity.” This is the second such warning, the first coming in 1992 when 1,700 scientists issued a warning about the ever-growing list of threats humans, plants, and animals face to our survival.
The warning calls attention to the key risks facing humans today, including population growth, climate change, deforestation, lack of access to clean water, and widespread species extinction, and urges us, essentially… to go vegan!
The letter warns that the Earth may soon be at its breaking point where humans will be unable to reverse widespread changes to our home planet.
“It is also time to re-examine and change our individual behaviors, including limiting our own reproduction (ideally to replacement level at most) and drastically diminishing our per capita consumption of fossil fuels, meat, and other resources.”
They also point out that this rapid heating has “unleashed a mass extinction event, the sixth in roughly 540 million years.” Scientists predict many current life forms could be annihilated or near extinction by the end of this century.
The paper calls on all to help by being informed consumers and voters, lest we find ourselves homeless.
Time is running out, the scientists remind us:
To prevent widespread misery and catastrophic biodiversity loss, humanity must practice a more environmentally sustainable alternative to life and 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…We must recognize, in our day-to-day lives and in our governing institutions, that Earth with all its life is our only home.
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Dea is passionate about pursuing gentle, pure living in all its forms. She’s a veg and fruit foodie, who loves to explore the healing properties of plant-based foods and then fully indulge in their sun-filled taste. She believes that “In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”