Doomsday: How life might end due to Climate Change
Human beings are radically changing the earth’s natural environment with as many as one million plant and animal species facing the risk of extinction. This poses a significant threat to ecosystems (Piper, 2019). Some environmental scientists believe that climate change presents a near-to mid-term existential danger to human existence and if serious mitigating steps are not taken in the next decade, there is a strong risk that society will collapse as soon as 2050(Shivanna, 2020).
The consequences of climate change such as food shortages, water scarcity, lack of soil fertility, drought and severe weather events are expected to increasingly threaten human existence. According to the Oxford Climate Society (2020), climate change on a global scale is an existential risk multiplier which means it amplifies other challenges to the survival of humanity. The afro mentioned consequences lead to political tensions and social unrest as countries fight for survival as resources have significantly dwindled.
Growing energy demand will lead to heavier deforestation and over mining of oil reservoirs. The more we destroy the earth, living species that depend on these crucial natural resources will also begin to suffer and slowly become extinct (Sintayehu, 2018). The once-powerful ecosystem becomes weak as massive overconsumption of the little resources left kicks in. Eventually, the structures that govern people crumble and it becomes a free for all with the strongest coming out on top for a limited period of time (Hubbe & Hubbe, 2019).
Governments need to change their values and strategies so that local, national and foreign leaders are aligned to resolve the root causes of environmental degradation. This involves investments in green infrastructure, combating population growth and unequal levels of consumption, greater cooperation across sectors and stringent environmental laws that demand tough enforcement (Shivanna, 2020). We must protect future generations at all costs
Hubbe, A., & Hubbe, M. (2019). Current Climate Change and the Future of Life on the Planet. Frontiers For Young Minds, 7. doi: 10.3389/frym.2019.00037
Oxford Climate Society. (2020). The Existential Risk of Climate Change [Video]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ah1pLU10o_U
Piper, K. (2019, June 13). Is climate change an “existential threat” – or just a catastrophic one? Retrieved October 16, 2020, from https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2019/6/13/18660548/climate-change-human-civilization-existential-risk
Shivanna, K. (2020). The Sixth Mass Extinction Crisis and its Impact on Biodiversity and Human Welfare. Resonance, 25(1), 93-109. doi: 10.1007/s12045-019-0924-z
Sintayehu, D. (2018). Impact of climate change on biodiversity and associated key ecosystem services in Africa: a systematic review. Ecosystem Health And Sustainability, 4(9), 225-239. doi: 10.1080/20964129.2018.1530054
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