When Bruce Willis nuked an asteroid
And saved the human race
It was lauded as planet-saving plan
But today, the greatest danger
Doesn’t come from outer space—
No, today the biggest danger comes from Man.
As we populate the planet,
Every son and every daughter
Adds a burden, and a problem to be solved;
There are some already living
Who will face a planet hotter
Than it’s ever been since humans have evolved.
We could maybe make a difference
If we alter our behavior—
If we change the things we’re doing that are bad
But it’s easier and cheaper
Just to pray there’ll be a savior
And to put our faith in Jesus and His Dad
When we jump across a threshold
And a tipping point is crossed,
It’s a warning sign that must not be ignored;
Opportunities not taken
May be permanently lost
Still these idiots keep waiting for their Lord
If the global population
Sees the future we have mapped
And refuses to accept, much less to act
Our environment may push us
Past the threshold to adapt;
And denial won’t protect you from a fact
In the battle for our future
We must open up our eyes
And attend to what our scientists have found
We must hear the voice of reason
Through a chorus filled with lies
If our species wants the chance to stick around.
“Earth may be near tipping point, scientists warn“. That’s the LA Times headline; the original article in Nature is the slightly more academic-sounding “Approaching a state shift in Earth’s biosphere“. Either way, the news is bad:
“Humans are now forcing another such transition, with the potential to transform Earth rapidly and irreversibly into a state unknown in human experience,” wrote the authors, who are from the U.S., Europe, Canada and South America.
If current trends continue — exploding global population, rapidly rising temperatures and the clearance of more than 40% of Earth’s surface for urban development or agriculture — the planet could reach a tipping point, they say.
“The net effects of what we’re causing could actually be equivalent to an asteroid striking the Earth in a worst-case scenario,” the paper’s lead author, Anthony Barnosky, a professor of integrative biology at UC Berkeley, said in an interview. “I don’t want to sound like Armageddon. I think the point to be made is that if we just ignore all the warning signs of how we’re changing the Earth, the scenario of losses of biodiversity — 75% or more — is not an outlandish scenario at all.”
I think the headlines should be more sensationalist. 75% loss in biodiversity merits “SCIENTISTS TO HUMANITY: WE’RE ALL FUCKED”