THE 6TH EXTINCTION IS LOOMING
AND IT WILL TAKE MANKIND WITH IT
This is not an exaggeration nor is it a an attempt at false scare-mongering. It is REALITY. We have the means to prevent this but there is an absence of political, corporate and individual super-rich will to make this happen. A massive level of cooperation is required and it is simply not happening. If they don't come together NOW, we will die out, it is as simple as that.
Global warming is breaking new records every year, and it’s showing no signs of slowing down. Our planet is warmer now than it has been in 800,000 years. By 2030 it will be irreversible.
According to the latest report (March 2023) conducted by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), urgent action is needed to avoid the catastrophic effects of global warming. 2030 will now become a tipping point - the Paris Agreement called for a halving of carbon emissions by 2030, but at the current rate of change, there will be NO DECLINE at all by that critical marker date.
Unique and threatened ecosystems are at high risk already, and in the very near term at just 1.2°C increase, we will see mass tree mortality, coral reef bleaching, large declines in sea-ice dependent species, and mass mortality events from heatwaves. At 1.5°C, up to 14% of species assessed in terrestrial ecosystems will likely face a very high risk of extinction. Over 50 % of the world's population live in contexts that are highly vulnerable to climate change and are becoming increasingly exposed to periods of life-threatening climatic conditions arising from the coupled impacts of extreme heat and humidity.
Unless carbon emissions are reduced now, the world’s coral reefs be completely eradicated, and we are already experiencing more and worse heat extremes and dangerous heat-humidity conditions, extreme rainfall and associated flooding, tropical cyclones, wildfires and extreme sea-level events, drought and poverty.
The impact of sudden, catastrophic glacier collapse
Flooding on unimaginable scales destroying homes, agriculture lands and infrastructure
Increasingly frequent and more severe hurricanes
Around 50% of all carbon emissions are emitted by the richest 10% of the world’s population. Yet global warming is making climate change refugees of the world’s poorest.
Climate change is also creating a refugee crisis.
As global temperatures increase, millions of people are
fleeing their homes to avoid the impacts of droughts and
extreme storms. And these numbers are set to rise. The World Bank estimates that around 170 million people
Many of the people of Oceana are having to leave their homes as their islands are covered by the rising sea.
Questions that must be addressed and answers found include:
Is global action to address climate change much too little and much too late?
Should we just sit back and accept environmental degradation as our civilisations’ new normal?
What steps can be taken for mitigation and adaptation to climate change?
What new ways must we adopt to change our environment for a better and more sustainable future?
What actions do we need to take today to ensure our very survival?
Are nations doing enough to tackle these overwhelming challenges?
WORKABLE SOLUTIONS EXIST WHICH MUST BE ADOPTED NOW, AND THESE ARE EXPLORED HERE AS THE Z GENERATION AND THE COMING OF AGE OF THE ALFA GENERATION INHERIT OUR HITHERTO SHAMEFUL LEGACY.