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Global Ecosystem Collapse

Thursday, July 31, 2014 By Glen Barry, Earth Blog | Op-Ed
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Habitat Destruction

The global ecological system is collapsing and dying. Humanity wantonly destroys natural ecosystems and climatic patterns that provide all life’s environmental habitats. Our one shared, overpopulated, ecologically diminished, abjectly unfair biosphere is careening toward scarcity, war, disease, and social, economic and ecosystem collapse.

Threats facing the global environment are far more than climate change and include deterioration of water, forests, food, and oceans which cumulatively threaten all life’s very being. Large, intact old-growth forests and other naturally evolved ecosystems maintain local and regional ecological habitability and livelihoods. Without large, natural ecosystems and agro-ecology as humanity’s surrounding context, our own and all other species face abrupt climate change and biosphere collapse.

What sharpens the problem on climate change and ecosystem loss is that we think we have time, when the biosphere is well into collapse. We face an unprecedented global ecological emergency as natural life-giving ecosystems collapse and die under the weight of human industrial growth. Our overpopulated, over-consuming, inequitable, human decimated Earth continues to wildly careen toward ecosystem collapse unless we find a way to come together as one human family and change fast.

End of Being

Global ecosystem collapse is causing increased war, pestilence, poverty, migration and rise of authoritarian corporatism. Ecosystem loss, overpopulation, rising inequity, nationalistic warmongering, abject poverty, and lack of justice threaten Earth’s and humanity’s very being. Either humanity immediately comes together to embrace universal liberty, ecology, fairness and justice, or alone we each face a violent, gut wrenching end of being.

Humanity has become an ignorant overbreeding scourge upon Earth, too self-obsessed to notice we are devouring our own habitat to fleetingly consume more stuff. Our ecologically dying world spirals toward perma-war, epidemics, famine, fascism, chaos, mass death, and biosphere collapse. Centuries of social progress are threatened by abrupt climate change, ecosystem collapse, and rising authoritarianism.

The child immigration crises we see on the Mexico/US border, between Africa and Europe, and elsewhere are the result of ecosystem collapse, overpopulation and centuries of exploitative imperialism by the rich waged on the poor. All children everywhere must be cared for as we restore ecosystems and provide incentives for small families. Any one of us could be a refugee at any time, and many of us will be as entire regions collapse ecologically, and then the biosphere dies.

Seek Truth or Perish

There exists a brief window of opportunity to together transition to global ecological sustainability, or alone we face biosphere collapse and the end of being. But it depends upon embracing unpleasant truths: War is murder. Industrial development is ecocide. God is a myth. Inequity is evil. Nations don’t exist.

Truth is the answer. The human family must come together globally for ecology – and other truths such as liberty, justice, workers, and fairness – or else all is lost.

Again, there are no countries or gods, just the human family and kindred species, sharing the fruits of one living biosphere. From the tiniest creatures to the global ecosystem, we are all part of the same natural evolutionary journey, and we must love all being like kin. It is absolute societal madness that the human family can’t take responsibility for its actions and won’t stop destroying ecosystem habitats, instead learning to share and live in peace in order to avert the coming ecological apocalypse.

Large portions of Earth’s remaining forests, oceans and other natural ecosystems must be protected and restored to sustain the biosphere. Well-funded mainstream environmental bureaucracies are woefully failing to promote a sufficient vision and course of action to achieve global ecological sustainability and should be defunded, to support small-scale, community-based ecological advocacy, sustainable development, and transition communities.

As climate change and ecosystem collapse ravage the environment, further fossil fuel and old-growth forest logging are crimes against Earth and humanity.To survive and thrive, humanity must choose to end fossil fuels, protect and restore natural ecosystems, embrace agro-ecology and end industrial agriculture, and have fewer kids (while caring well for those they do have).

For planetary and human survival large old-growth forests and agro-ecological permaculture must remain our ecological context. Ecological salvation can be found in your garden – growing organic food, restoring natural ecosystems, cutting emissions – as you go back to the land.

Life is all about green liberty – maintaining your duties to the environment and all life’s well-being as you remain radically free. Dissent and peace are patriotic! War, ecocide, ignorance, corporatism, conspicuous overconsumption, and inequity are not. Be a patriot, not a nationalist. Love your country – but love the human family, all life, and Earth more. Know how patriotism differs from nationalism and militarism.

It is up to each and every one of us to commit our full being to sustaining ecology and living gently upon Earth… or our ONE SHARED BIOSPHERE collapses and being ends.

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Global Ecosystem Collapse

Thursday, July 31, 2014 By Glen Barry, Earth Blog | Op-Ed
  • font size decrease font size decrease font size increase font size increase font size
  • Print

Habitat Destruction

The global ecological system is collapsing and dying. Humanity wantonly destroys natural ecosystems and climatic patterns that provide all life’s environmental habitats. Our one shared, overpopulated, ecologically diminished, abjectly unfair biosphere is careening toward scarcity, war, disease, and social, economic and ecosystem collapse.

Threats facing the global environment are far more than climate change and include deterioration of water, forests, food, and oceans which cumulatively threaten all life’s very being. Large, intact old-growth forests and other naturally evolved ecosystems maintain local and regional ecological habitability and livelihoods. Without large, natural ecosystems and agro-ecology as humanity’s surrounding context, our own and all other species face abrupt climate change and biosphere collapse.

What sharpens the problem on climate change and ecosystem loss is that we think we have time, when the biosphere is well into collapse. We face an unprecedented global ecological emergency as natural life-giving ecosystems collapse and die under the weight of human industrial growth. Our overpopulated, over-consuming, inequitable, human decimated Earth continues to wildly careen toward ecosystem collapse unless we find a way to come together as one human family and change fast.

End of Being

Global ecosystem collapse is causing increased war, pestilence, poverty, migration and rise of authoritarian corporatism. Ecosystem loss, overpopulation, rising inequity, nationalistic warmongering, abject poverty, and lack of justice threaten Earth’s and humanity’s very being. Either humanity immediately comes together to embrace universal liberty, ecology, fairness and justice, or alone we each face a violent, gut wrenching end of being.

Humanity has become an ignorant overbreeding scourge upon Earth, too self-obsessed to notice we are devouring our own habitat to fleetingly consume more stuff. Our ecologically dying world spirals toward perma-war, epidemics, famine, fascism, chaos, mass death, and biosphere collapse. Centuries of social progress are threatened by abrupt climate change, ecosystem collapse, and rising authoritarianism.

The child immigration crises we see on the Mexico/US border, between Africa and Europe, and elsewhere are the result of ecosystem collapse, overpopulation and centuries of exploitative imperialism by the rich waged on the poor. All children everywhere must be cared for as we restore ecosystems and provide incentives for small families. Any one of us could be a refugee at any time, and many of us will be as entire regions collapse ecologically, and then the biosphere dies.

Seek Truth or Perish

There exists a brief window of opportunity to together transition to global ecological sustainability, or alone we face biosphere collapse and the end of being. But it depends upon embracing unpleasant truths: War is murder. Industrial development is ecocide. God is a myth. Inequity is evil. Nations don’t exist.

Truth is the answer. The human family must come together globally for ecology – and other truths such as liberty, justice, workers, and fairness – or else all is lost.

Again, there are no countries or gods, just the human family and kindred species, sharing the fruits of one living biosphere. From the tiniest creatures to the global ecosystem, we are all part of the same natural evolutionary journey, and we must love all being like kin. It is absolute societal madness that the human family can’t take responsibility for its actions and won’t stop destroying ecosystem habitats, instead learning to share and live in peace in order to avert the coming ecological apocalypse.

Large portions of Earth’s remaining forests, oceans and other natural ecosystems must be protected and restored to sustain the biosphere. Well-funded mainstream environmental bureaucracies are woefully failing to promote a sufficient vision and course of action to achieve global ecological sustainability and should be defunded, to support small-scale, community-based ecological advocacy, sustainable development, and transition communities.

As climate change and ecosystem collapse ravage the environment, further fossil fuel and old-growth forest logging are crimes against Earth and humanity.To survive and thrive, humanity must choose to end fossil fuels, protect and restore natural ecosystems, embrace agro-ecology and end industrial agriculture, and have fewer kids (while caring well for those they do have).

For planetary and human survival large old-growth forests and agro-ecological permaculture must remain our ecological context. Ecological salvation can be found in your garden – growing organic food, restoring natural ecosystems, cutting emissions – as you go back to the land.

Life is all about green liberty – maintaining your duties to the environment and all life’s well-being as you remain radically free. Dissent and peace are patriotic! War, ecocide, ignorance, corporatism, conspicuous overconsumption, and inequity are not. Be a patriot, not a nationalist. Love your country – but love the human family, all life, and Earth more. Know how patriotism differs from nationalism and militarism.

It is up to each and every one of us to commit our full being to sustaining ecology and living gently upon Earth… or our ONE SHARED BIOSPHERE collapses and being ends.

This piece was reprinted by Truthout with permission or license. It may not be reproduced in any form without permission or license from the source.

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