This article articulates the findings of scientists, who believe that the global environmental changes that we are observing are irreversible and will forever change the ecology of the earth. The size of the human population is estimated to be 9.3 Billion by the year 2050. Our planet’s natural resources and biodiversity simply cannot handle this. The article suggests that we must have “significant reductions in world population growth and per-capita resource use, more efficient energy use, less reliance on fossil fuels and stepped-up efforts to protect the parts of Earth that have so far escaped human dominance” in order to alter this outcome. I think this article is important to remember in our sustainability efforts on campus and in our daily lives. On a small scale each person is able to accomplish a lot, and together, hopefully we can accomplish to avoid this perceived ‘inevitable’.
A coal power station in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. (Martin Meissner / Associated Press)