“Every year the world’s desert areas increase by 130 000 square kilometers!”
Sir David Attenborough, ‘Planet Earth 11’ – TV Series 2016
It should be reasonably obvious to anyone that our planet cannot sustain that kind of degradation and still be able to support current levels of animal (incl. human) population, let alone our rapidly increasing levels. Something serious has to change and we cannot afford to wait for Nature to do it all on her own and in her own time.
Anyone who somehow still clings to the belief that the current excess of humans on this tiny planet is not adversely affecting every possible biosphere, from the rarest of high altitude atmosphere to the extreme depths of our oceans (a staggeringly thin 30 km wide shell that contains all life on our planet) is deluding themselves and is contributing to robbing our children and grandchildren of their environmental heritage – the right to be able to enjoy the varied environments our parents did, not to mention the right to food, water and breathable air.
Humans did not create climate change – for a hundred thousand years or more of human history their nett effect on our planet was effectively zero – Nature was the prime determinant of our weather/atmosphere/water cycles/temperature. That, however, is changing due to our uncontrolled and exponential growth rate in population, combined with our insatiable desire for burning fossil fuels that ever-greater percentages of country’s populations have become addicted to.
Some positive change is happening, despite those who have the greatest financial gain in trying to maintain the status quo, but it is not enough and not fast enough to prevent the hard fall that is approaching at an increasingly fast rate.
May i suggest we all do what we can, start by educating yourself even more than you currently are, and doing as much as is possible, alone or in groups/organisations.
A little pain now will ensure less pain to come.