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What can be achieved in this decade to put the world on a path to a more sustainable, more prosperous future for all of humanity?
Temptation is to say, that you may rest assured that it will be another year of unadulterated verbal dioramas diarrhoea.
With humanity waging war on nature the risks we are taking are astounding.
What did Earth look like from space in 2022?
It looked beautiful, it looked dangerous. It looked small and inconsequential, it looked incredible.
Nature always strikes back – and it is already doing so with growing force and fury.
About 96% of all mammals by weight are now humans and our livestock, like cattle, sheep and pigs. Just 4% are wild mammals like elephants, buffalo or dolphins. Seventy-five percent of Earth’s ice-free land is directly altered as a result of human activity, with nearly 90% of terrestrial net primary production and 80% of global tree cover under direct human influence.
We have grossly simplified the biosphere, a system of interactions between lifeforms and Earth that has evolved over 3.8 billion years. As the pressure of human activities accelerates on Earth, so, too, does the hope that technologies such as artificial intelligence will be able to help us deal with dangerous climate and environmental change. That will only happen, however, if we act forcefully in ways that redirects the direction of technological change towards planetary stewardship and responsible innovation.
Rising greenhouse gas emissions means that “within the coming 50 years, one to 3 billion people are projected to experience living conditions that are outside of the climate conditions that have served civilizations well over the past 6,000 years.
In this decade we must bend the curves of greenhouse gas emissions and shocking biodiversity loss. This means transforming what we eat and how we farm it, among many other transformations.
Nature has now become for us a kind of glossy cardboard, digitized and virtualized, increasingly distant from our lives.
The recent Covid-19 global pandemic is an Anthropocene phenomena. It has been caused by our intertwined relationship with nature and our hyper-connectivity. ( We order Pizza by sending messages into space.)
However our actions are making the biosphere more fragile, less resilient and more prone to shocks than before.
Humans use the majority of natural geo-resources, like minerals, rocks, soil and water.
Two of the biggest barriers are unsustainable levels of inequality and technology that undermines societal goals.
Inequality and environmental challenges are deeply linked. Reducing inequality will increase trust within societies.
It is time to flick the “green switch. We have a chance to not simply reset the world economy but to transform it.
It is time to integrate the goal of carbon neutrality into all economic and fiscal policies and decisions. And to make climate-related financial risk disclosures mandatory.
It is time to transform humankind’s relationship with the natural world – and with each other. And we must do so together.
It’s is time to get off your smart phone and start to demand transparency of Algorithms that are plundering the world for profit. .
The state of the planet is much worse than most people understand and that humans face a grim.
Because as of yet there is no political or economic system, or leadership, is prepared to handle the predicted disasters, or even capable of such action
The problem is compounded by ignorance and short-term self-interest, with the pursuit of wealth and political interests stymying the action that is crucial for survival.
Most economies operate on the basis that counteraction now is too costly to be politically palatable. Combined with disinformation campaigns to protect short-term profits it is doubtful that the scale of changes we need will be made in time.
We need to be candid, accurate, and honest if humanity is to understand the enormity of the challenges we face in creating a sustainable future.
Without political will backed by tangible action that scales to the enormity of the problems facing us, the added stresses to human health, wealth, and well-being will perversely diminish our political capacity to mitigate the erosion of the Earth’s life-support system upon which we all depend.
Without fully appreciating and broadcasting the scale of the problems and the enormity of the solutions required, society will fail to achieve even modest sustainability goals, and catastrophe will surely follow.
So the Beady Eye wishes all a Happy New Year with the near certainty that the abovementioned problems will worsen over the coming decades, with negative impacts for centuries to come, if we dont now get our fingers out of where the sun does not shine.
No one has a right to pollute the air or the water, which are the common inheritance of all.
We have not inherited the Earth from our parents, we have borrowed it from our children.
The time has come to re-educate to nature and contact with it as a lever to ensure collective well-being, physical and mental; to restore beauty, kindness, ecosystem thinking, emotional intelligence and a formation of values, heritage inherited from the wisdom of the past but negligently neglected.
After all, this is what ecology is all about: looking at reality as it is, understanding its connections, accepting its complexity, and striving for harmony between all parts.
All human comments appreciated. All like clicks and abuse chucked in the bin.