Saturday, 15 June 2019

Where do we stand?

We keep hearing about Endangered species like Bengal Tiger, Asian Elephant, Polar Bear. But today I want to talk about us, human beings. Have you thought of where on the Conservation list (Extinct, Critically Endangered, Endangered, Vulnerable, Least Concern)? We always assume it to be Least Concern.

But let's look at the facts. The UN said that -- under a business-as-usual scenario -- millions of premature deaths could be expected due to air pollution, mass species extinction affecting the ability to meet human food and resource needs, and freshwater pollutants making antimicrobial-resistant infections a major cause of death by 2050. So the various animals and plants going extinct will have direct and indirect impact on our food chain and availability of oxygen.

Authors David Spratt and Ian Dunlop, both longtime climate researchers, warn that climate change at present poses a "near-to-mid-term existential threat to human civilization."

In short, let's change the status of Humans to "Vulnerable" at the least. But there is one important factor here, Humans, unlike other species, don't have anyone else to blame for their own end. So it's in our hands to not just save our planet but ourselves as well.

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