The landscape of man-made environmental destruction is increasingly terrible. The human being threatens the extinction of more and more species, in spite of environmental awareness. According to the UN, both on land, sea and sky, the impact of the human being is “devastating.”
It is increasingly clear that the treatment that man is giving the planet is more chilling. That is precisely what an 1,800-page report states, carried out by the Intergovernmental Platform for Science and Policy on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES, according to the acronym in English).
IPBES transformed that study into a 40-page summary. It describes all the impact that Earth has received in the last 50 years. An impact that leaves many species in extinction. All as a result of the damage that man has done to the planet. Not only do they talk about animal species, they also talk about threats to the plant kingdom.
Our modern life affects the planet
According to the UN, given this scenario, a radically “transformative” change is going to be needed. Without this change, the threat of extinction will also be reflected in the same destiny of man. And another thing to consider is that the number of people the planet will have doubled from the same 1970s.
Meanwhile, the international economy managed to quadruple. Globally in terms of trade, that is, what concerns the human being’s consumption of the corporate offer, the sale was multiplied by 10.
What happens with this expansion is that sustaining the lifestyle of the human being has increased the felling of forests. It has been the tropical hemisphere itself that has been most threatened with extinction. For example, between the 1980s and the year 2000, Latin America around 100 million hectares came to extinction.
Figures and more worrisome figures
The quality of life of the current human being has led to urban doubles since 1992. The species are running out of space on the planet . And the percentage of species, both animal and vegetable, is 25% threatened.
Another worrying fact, although there really is no official figure, is the way in which insect species are also coming to an end. Something that supposes a great loss, since they are the same ones that keep the ecosystems in excellent balance.
According to the words of Kate Brauman , who is part of the University of Minnesota and participated in this report, biodiversity and nature are clearly facing a critical period. In addition, as man continues to destroy the world, the Earth loses productivity.
Will the human being survive this scenario?
For now it is known that the Earth has lost its productivity by 23%. To this is added that pollution and the era of consumption generate more and more waste. The use of plastic has risen to 10 times since the 1980s. In the area of garbage, about 400 million tons of metals, toxic sludge and solvents are being discharged annually .
So it is clear that ecosystems are at risk. The alarming fact is that ecosystems have deteriorated, or rather, decreased by 47%. It is a destructive phenomenon that has devastated 72% of the natives’ nature.
Beyond what this study may entail and the obvious complaint that man is destroying his home, there remains the open question of whether future generations will survive this scenario. Will the human being be willing to live a radical transformation in his lifestyle to preserve the planet?