EARTH is dangerously sick with millions of people dying each year as environmental problems spiral out of control — but there is still time to save the planet, according to a United Nations report.
Climate change, the global major extinction of animals and plants and a human population soaring towards 10billion, make Earth increasingly unhealthy, it said.
It also highlighted degraded land, polluted air, plastics, pesticides and hormone-changing chemicals in the water.
But there is still ‘every reason to be hopeful’, said Joyeeta Gupta and Paul Ekins, authors of the sixth Global Environment Outlook report. ‘There is still time but the window is closing fast,’ they said. The report, released at a UN conference in Nairobi, Kenya, said ‘unsustainable human activities have degraded the Earth’s ecosystems, endangering the ecological foundations of society’.
But it concluded that changes in the way we eat, shop, gather energy and deal with waste could all help Earth — and us — to survive.
Former US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration chief Jane Lubchenco said: ‘The report provides a road map to move beyond “doom and gloom” and rally together to face the challenges and take the future in our hands. This is an all-hands-on-deck moment.’
Students to strike again over climate change fear
STUDENTS will stage a second nationwide school strike tomorrow to protest against climate change.
Marches will take place in more than 100 UK towns and cities driven by ‘an alarming lack of government leadership on climate action’, say organisers of the UK Youth Strike 4 Climate movement.
They expect attendances to be larger than the first strike on February 15, during which thousands of students defied school leaders and politicians to ditch lessons for demonstrations.
The strikes, inspired by 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg who protests about climate change every Friday outside Sweden’s parliament, are part of a global day of action in 90 countries.
Anna Taylor, 17, who is the co-founder of the UK Student Climate Network, said: ‘Those in power are not only betraying us, and taking away our future, but are responsible for the climate crisis that’s unfolding in horrendous ways around the world.’