Eco Revolution and evolution

With the acceleration of human activities and environmental destruction people will adapt. Scientists estimate up to a million species will go extinct in the next decade. This rate has been tens to hundreds of times more the average than it is was over the past 10 million years according to a recent biodiversity report.

We have no choice. Read or listen to the daily media reports. Unfortunately the handwriting is on the wall however many can not read or do not hear.

According to data from the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii, the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere is over 415 parts per million (ppm), far higher than at any point in the last 800,000 years, since before the evolution of homo sapiens1.

"Humanity cannot afford to ignore such clear signals," the scientists wrote in Nature Climate Change, according to Reuters, citing satellite measurements and rising temperatures over the past 40 years. The scientists said that confidence in their prediction that humanity is raising the temperature on earth has reached "five-sigma" level, meaning there is only a one-in-a-million chance that similar data would appear if there was no warming, the news service added2. Such events are stimulating an inner or micro revolution to spiritually adapt to this climate weirdness. Macro developments are challenging us to find some safe refuge or the eye of the hurricane. Such evolution will revolutionize our political, socio-economic, cultural way of living. Our very survival is held in the balance. Inaction will only increase our fear, grief, and stress. There's no clinical definition, but climate anxiety and grief or solastalgia -- "the distress that is produced by environmental change impacting on people while they are directly connected to their home environment" -- has become such a concern that the American Psychological Association created a 69-page climate-change guide to help mental health care providers3.

Several months ago top intelligence officials reported the possible security challenges created by climate change, including "threats to public health, historic levels of human displacement, assaults on religious freedom, and the negative effects of environmental degradation. A recent United Nations report warns us we they must cut global emissions in half over the next 12 years to avoid warming of 2.3 degrees Fahrenheit. Besides the international security issues of resource wars and other climate disasters some forecast this to cause $54 trillion in cataclysmic damages.

Carbon dioxide emissions is the greenhouse gas most responsible for global warming. – could accelerate to levels not seen in 56 million years by the mid next century according to a recent University of Michigan study4. How long are we going to support the burning of fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas releasing CO2, methane and other greenhouse gases into our air, water and land? This extra carbon has caused temperatures to rise to levels over the past century and a half that cannot be explained by natural factors experts cite.

Whole populations are affected by hurricanes, droughts and other ravaging weather events. In analysis of more than a million online news stories, climate change was responsible for the majority of poorly reported humanitarian disasters last year.

One expert forcast the following; Thomas Crowther has identified long-disappeared forests available for restoration across the world, finding that there is room for an additional 1.2 trillion new trees globally that could absorb more carbon than human emissions each year...This research reveals that the restoration of vegetation and soil carbon is by far the best weapon in the fight against climate change5.

Close to home, U.S. natural habitats are lost to development some 6,000 acres of open land each day. Urban and developed land area is expected to increase from 30 million acres to 69 million acres. One third of our land is set aside for agriculture. Today's federal environmental investment is just 1 percent of the federal budget. Because our earth’s climate has warmed 1 degree Celsius we have endured water shortages, heat waves, wildfires, hurricanes, storm, and human conflicts. This has happened more rapidly than at any time in millions of years.

It will be wise to prevent, prepare and pray for an eco-revolution. Without celebrating such an evolution the blessings of our advancements will be shortly displaced by the curses of our arrogance and ignorance. May we unite together to for see and forestall our very extinction. Let's people of all walks join in a green awakening.




4-Philip Gingerich, University of Michigan paleoclimate researcher

5-Phys.Org: Predicting climate change.

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