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how humans affect the environment
The destruction of nature threatens human well-being “at least as much as climate change,” said Robert Watson, chair of the Intergovernmental Science and Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), the UN expert group on biodiversity from more than 130 countries meeting Monday in Paris.
“The evidence is indisputable: the destruction of biodiversity and ecosystems has reached levels that threaten our well-being at least as much as human-induced climate change,” said Watson during the first day of this meeting that welcomes scientists and diplomats.
Importance of biodiversityThe term “biodiversity” refers to all species of animals and plants living on the planet, including the one that is also endangered by destroying nature: man.
“The world’s environmental heritage (…) is being modified at an unprecedented level,” warns the draft of the report picked up by the AFP news agency. The text will be discussed, modified and adapted by international experts before its publication on May 6.
To fully understand this question, let me differentiate it from related questions. I am not asking whether it would be bad if the experience of humans came to an end (Samuel Scheffler has already given us an important reason to think it would). Nor am I asking whether humans as a species deserve to disappear. That is an important question, but it would require considerations of a different kind. These and other questions do need to be addressed in order to make a full moral assessment of the possibility of our disappearance. What I am asking here, however, is simply whether it would be a tragedy if there were no longer any human beings on the planet.
To make that statement sound less contradictory, let me elaborate on the tragedy. In drama, the tragic character is usually someone who commits a wrong, usually an important one, but for whom we feel sympathy. Sophocles’ Oedipus, Shakespeare’s King Lear and Arthur Miller’s Willy Loman could be examples. In the case of this article, the tragic character is humanity. It is humanity that is committing a grievance and to end it will probably require the elimination of the species, for which we may feel sympathy despite the reasons I will discuss in a moment.
movement for voluntary human extinction
Young climate activists take part in a demonstration outside the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, Aug. 30, 2019, to demand that action aimed at combating climate change be taken worldwide.
Among the worst consequences of climate change are water shortages and/or pollution as a result of floods, droughts or extreme weather. UNICEF is working on scaling up a range of solutions, including remote sensing to improve the identification of water sources, the use of solar energy to pump water, and the creation of smart management systems to efficiently use water.
Based on our experience with solar refrigerators for vaccine distribution, we are particularly interested in solar energy. This type of energy can be used to heat water, store vaccines, power medical equipment and illuminate health centers.
do not destroy the environment
The environment is important and necessary for human beings. From it, people obtain essential elements for life, such as clean water and food. Therefore, the destruction of nature can endanger the survival of millions of people. This degeneration of the natural environment has its origins in human activity and has worsened, especially with the various industrial revolutions. Today it is scientifically indisputable that many ecosystems are threatened by this situation. These are the conclusions of a report by the Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).
In summary, the researchers identified 3 benefits that nature brings to humans. They are water quality regulation, protection against coastal hazards and crop pollination.
In a study, IPBES mentions that in places with more demand for resources, nature’s capacity to cope with this demand is decreasing. The consequences of environmental destruction – or overexploitation – include water shortages and environmental disasters. It is estimated that by 2050, 5 billion people could be at serious risk from water pollution, coastal storms and poorly pollinated crops.