A Warning to Humanity – Species are going extinct at 1000 times the natural rate

A Warning to Humanity – Species are going extinct at 1000 times the natural rate

15,000 scientists just sent out an SOS — a “warning to humanity” that if we don’t stop polluting, our planet is doomed.

The facts are terrifying: species are going extinct at 1000 times the natural rate. 90% of the Great Barrier Reef is dead or dying. Oceans are so choked with plastic that fish are addicted to eating it.

But scientists have discovered something else — a kind of miracle that could save us. If we can protect 50% of our planet from human exploitation, our ecosystem will be able to stabilise and regenerate. Life on earth will recover!

Our governments have already promised to protect a quarter of the planet, so we know it’s possible. But no other global movement is championing this miracle recovery plan!

It’s up to us.

If 50,000 of us chip in just the cost of a cup of coffee a week, we can make the proposal famous, face down the polluters and poachers, and campaign to get leaders to drive through a deal to save the planet at the Global Summit on Biodiversity.

Right now we’re destroying intricate ecosystems and hurtling towards tipping points that’ll collapse the delicate balance of life on earth, making it uninhabitable for humans. Protecting 50% of the planet would unleash the magic of nature and turn things around — but almost no one knows about the extent of this crisis, or this inspiring proposal.

Many conservation experts already agree it’s exactly what the planet needs now. And the crucial Biodiversity Summit in 2020 could adopt it as a global goal.

But it won’t happen without us.

Avaaz has the national depth, global breadth, and ambition to drive forward a huge idea like this. When we first launched our 100% clean energy campaign in 2013, many said it was unrealistic. But in 24 months, every government in the world agreed with us.

Our movement doesn’t have enormous amounts of money, but time and again, with thousands of small donations, we’re able to turn the common sense of scientists into a public movement that makes political leaders listen. Let’s each chip in today and drive this miracle idea into the mainstream, to save our living planet.

By: Avaaz team

More information:

More than 15,000 scientists from 184 countries issue ‘warning to humanity’ (CBC)

Could we set aside half the Earth for nature? (The Guardian)

Sixth mass extinction? Two-thirds of wildlife may be gone by 2020: WWF (CNN)

How many species are we losing? (WWF)


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