Thursday, November 1, 2012

Ignorance is not the way to preserve biodiversity

Preserving biodiversity on our planet is certainly one of the major challenges our society will be put against, even despite the fact that world leaders still do not take this issue seriously. In order to solve this major crisis of biodiversity science and politics will have to work together because this is the only way to ensure safe life for our future generations. However, this symbiosis between science and politics still doesn’t function, because politics only promises and does nothing concrete.

How bad is current biodiversity loss? The recent studies say that our planet is losing species at a rate that is 100 to 1000 times faster than the natural extinction rate. If we continue this path this could be one of the worst mass extinctions in the history of our planet, comparable with the one when dinosaurs vanished from the face of the earth.

The scientists say that earth has so far experienced five mass extinction events in its history, with the last one occurring some 65 million years ago when dinosaurs disappeared together with many other species.

This ongoing 6th mass extinction event is mainly driven by us, the humans. This time we can't blame asteroids, volcanoes, no, this time is only us left to blame. We are responsible for all major environmental issues: habitat loss, climate change, deforestation, pollution, poaching -all of which play their part in the ongoing biodiversity loss.

Many scientists argue that biodiversity loss is even bigger environmental issue than climate change, the one that could affect our future wellbeing the most, and even put our future survival on this planet in great jeopardy.

Many people are still unaware how bad current environmental condition of our planet is, while others choose to ignore environmental issues and pretend like everything is OK. This attitude is only making things worse because business as usual scenario and ignoring everything could soon irreversibly change our „modern way of life“.

It's time to face and accept reality, and do something meaningful for a change.   Ignoring problems won’t cause them to go away, on the contrary, they will become even worse.  What we are doing here is gambling with the future of humanity on this planet.  We are gambling with lives of our future generations as they will be the ones that will pay for our mistakes.

Ignorance is not the answer. It never was.

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