It’s alarming to think about, but it’s nevertheless true that hundreds of thousands of species are disappearing while humans carry on with their ever-expanding enterprise to exploit absolutely everything on God’s green Earth.
In early March of this year–just over two months ago at the time of this writing–the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, or IPBES, issued a Global assessment and highlighted for an ignorant and often-uncaring world just how grave the situation is.
Nature is collapsing at an astonishing rate and many humans are blissfully unaware that this is happening.
The assessment was quite wide-ranging and examined closely many dark trends which we have not yet addressed as aggressively as we must to keep our situation for going from merely horrible to unthinkable.
Among the issues which the assessment addressed are:
- Land degradation
- Plastic Pollution
- The health of fish stocks
- The collapse of whole ecosystems
- The full extent of the threat to non-human species
- How much of the Earth’s surface and water resources are devoted to crops and livestock.
To read the press release issued by the IPBES at the time the results and conclusions of the assessment were publicized, click here.
It’s past time to stop driving so many plant and animal species into extinction and putting at risk our own survival.
Way past time.
“Bulldog Ben” Basile
Photo credit Ben Lawrence Basile