In a new report that reveals the devastating nature of our planet today caused by humans, it outlines just how bad of shape our Earth actually is and what must be done to correct what humans have caused.
The report states that human impacts on the environment have reached a critical stage, potentially eroding the conditions upon which socioeconomic stability is possible.
“Human-induced environmental change is occurring at an unprecedented scale and pace and the window of opportunity to avoid catastrophic outcomes in societies around the world is rapidly closing,” the summary of the report states. “These outcomes include economic instability, large-scale involuntary migration, conflict, famine and the potential collapse of social and economic systems. The historical disregard of environmental considerations in most areas of policy has been a catastrophic mistake.”
The paper argues that three changes need to occur in the way we view political and policymaking to see a real change in how humans are battling the problems faced today. First is that lawmakers must grasp the scale and pace of environmental breakdown. Second, the implications that societies will face as time continues. Third and finally, the subsequent need for transformative change as soon as possible.
Global vertebrate populations have fallen by 60 percent since the 1970s as well as the lose of topsoil at least 10 times faster than it can be naturally replenished. Since the 1950s, we have lost 30 percent of the world’s arable land due to erosion. The IPPR report on climate change tells policymakers that we have at most 120 years to avoid the most devastating consequences of global warming. The changes might be gradual or they might be abrupt, but the destabilization of the climate is here to stay.
To counter the extreme challenge we face today, change needs to happen quickly. Change needs to occur to create sustainability for all the planets population, not just the privileged few. As more environmental disasters head our way, our governments need to focus on how we will push against the environmental change in the form of reducing emissions, new infrastructure, markets, social cohesion, political processes, and global co-operation to avoid disaster.