What, Me Worry? Humans Are Blind to Imminent Environmental Collapse

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Media Type: News / Op - Ed

Date of Publication: November 16, 2017

Year of Publication: 2017

Publication City: Vancouver, BC

Publisher: The Tyee

Author(s): William E. Rees

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Accelerating biodiversity loss may turn out to be the sleeper issue of the century.

Williem E. Rees reflects on the myriad of serious threats facing humanity, pointing out that more than climate change is poised to precipitate collapse.

Here’s the thing: climate change is not the only shadow darkening humanity’s doorstep. While you wouldn’t know it from the mainstream media, biodiversity loss arguably poses an equivalent existential threat to civilized existence. While we’re at it, let’s toss soil/landscape degradation, potential food or energy shortages and other resource limits into the mix.

Why are we not collectively terrified or at least alarmed? If our best science suggests we are en route to systems collapse, why are collapse — and collapse avoidance — not the primary subjects of international political discourse? Why is the world community not engaged in vigorous debate of available initiatives and trans-national institutional mechanisms that could help restore equilibrium to the relationship between humans and the rest of nature?

Bottom line? The world seems in denial of looming disaster; the “C” word remains unvoiced.

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