2018-03-13 15:04:00 UTC
humanity' and the world is listening
Andrew Griffin, 5 days ago
A dire warning to the world about its future, which predicts
catastrophe for humanity, is continuing to gain momentum.
The letter which was first released in November has now been
signed by around 20,000 scientists. And the world seems to be
listening: it is now one of the most discussed pieces of scientific
research ever, and its publishers claim it is now influencing policy.
The new letter was actually an update to a an original warning sent
from the Union of Concerned Scientists that was backed by 1,700
signatures 25 years ago. It said that the world had changed
dramatically since that warning was issued and almost entirely for
Mankind is still facing the existential threat of runaway consumption
of limited resources by a rapidly growing population, they warned. And
scientists, media influencers and lay citizens arent doing enough
to fight against it, the letter read.
If the world doesnt act soon, there will be catastrophic biodiversity
loss and untold amounts of human misery, they wrote.
Now scientists have written a follow-up piece in which they argue
scientists and economists need to switch their focus from encouraging
growth to conserving the planet. There are critical environmental
limits to resource-dependent economic growth, the authors state. . .
"Smart growth' destroys the environment. 'Dumb growth'
destroys the environment. The only difference is that
'smart growth' does it with good taste. It's like
booking passage on the Titanic. Whether you go
first-class or steerage, the result is the same."
--Dr. Albert A. Bartlett, Emeritus Professor of Physics,
University of Colorado; World Population Balance Board