I know this is somewhat off topic folks, but it is about life, extinctions and saving our planet.
This is getting very, very serious. Be afraid, be very afraid.
Read some of the “facts” below and think, really think, and think again.
It is estimated, 50 to 100 species on Earth go extinct everyday.
We’ve only discovered 5% of life on our planet.
80% of life are in our oceans.
We’ve explored less than 5% of our oceans.
Fact: 100 million sharks are killed every year, mostly for their fins. China is the guilty one Your Honor.
Fact: Every year we discard approximately 40 billion pounds of dead fish as by-catch, because it wasn’t the species we were targeting.
Fact: In the last 40 years, our oceans have become 30% more acidic causing the “bleaching” of the Coral Reefs.
Fact: The Great Barrier Reef has declined in coral cover by 38 percent over the last 25 years. Coral cover in the Caribbean has declined by as much as 90 percent.
Fact: It took four million years for corals to rebuild reefs after the last extinction.
Coral reefs, “the water filtration system”, protect coastlines from the damaging effects of wave action and tropical storms which are getting worse because of Climate Change.
Coral reefs, “the rainforests of the sea”, are some of the most diverse and valuable ecosystems on Earth. Coral reefs support more species per unit area than any other marine environment, including about 4,000 species of fish, 800 species of hard corals and hundreds of other species.
Coral reefs provide food to millions of humans. Corals, like trees, provide three-dimensional structure and substrate to house and feed fish and other marine animals that humans eat.
Some estimates say that over 1 billion people depend on food from coral reefs, and reefs as a whole might be worth around $172 billion for every year they continue to provide essential services to humans, like food.
Fact: Tropical forests are home to more than half of the world’s species, and produce a third of our oxygen.
Fact: Deforestation is the second biggest emitter of carbon dioxide, and contributor to ocean acidification.
Fact: Madagascar has already lost 90% of its forest.
Fact: 75% of the world’s forests are gone due to deforestation.
Fact: Most of the “Big Five” mass extinction events can be directly attributable to ocean acidification. Sharks survived all five E.LE.’s.
Two thirds of the world’s species could be gone by the end of the century.
Leading scientists insist that by the middle of this century, we could have no fish in the sea, no coral reefs, no rainforests and a planet that can’t sustain many forms of life.
Fact: The last time something of this magnitude happened was the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction which took place 65 million years ago, and it is “estimated” that 75% of all species vanished.
Fact: The last time this huge spike in just CO2 Climate Change levels was 3 million years ago.
Fact: Since the Industrial Revolution we have released “approximately” 1 quadrillion pounds (1,000,000,000,000,000) of CO2 into the atmosphere.
The Earth’s population will increase from 7 billion today to approximately 9 billion by 2050 and we are already exhausting the capacity of the planet to provide for us at our current level of population and consumption.
In brief folks,
We are in the middle of another E.L.E., (Extinction Level Event). We humans are causing most, maybe 90%, of this tragedy. We are adding to, not the sole cause, of these life extinctions. 99.9% of life that ever roamed our globe has gone extinct from natural causes, (Volcanoes, Asteroids, Methane etc..)
We’re not only destroying our planet, we’re also destroying ourselves, as a species. We are on the verge of driving ourselves to extinction unless we make huge changes right now…today!
Why is this happening? Well, for one thing, corporate greed and politics with “short-term” profit motives, thinking quarterly instead of seeing, or caring, about the big picture.
How can we start? Finding the right leaders on our globe with the “political will”!
We’ve done it before.
“We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things…not because they are easy, but because they are hard”. JFK – September 12th, 1962
This is the kind of political will we need. Why not do what Denmark did. Denmark Just Ran Their Entire Country on 100% Wind Energy.
End of today’s rant.
By T. Blank
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