Opinion (Ashok Khosla is one of world’s leading experts on the environment and sustainable development, a former director of the United Nations Environment Programme): “The Earth has entered into another period of extinction of the biosphere, which resulted in thousands of species disappear, President of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Ashok Khosla. ‘We are witnessing the 6th mass extinction, which takes place on the planet Earth from the moment of her life. Last – the fifth – led to the extinction of the dinosaurs,’ – said Khosla in a meeting with reporters in Moscow. In particular, the human race be without risk of fishery resources by 2050. Every day the world is cut down and burnt about 50 hectares of forests every day about 20 thousand hectares of farmland turning into desert, and broken by ravines. Every day in the atmosphere 60 million tons of carbon dioxide, which is reflected in all corners of the earth.
“For example, some island nations may be flooded in the next century due to rising waters in the oceans. Currently, scientists recognize five major mass extinctions. The latter led to the disappearance of dinosaurs 65 million years ago . His reasons still not fully understood. The death of the dinosaurs could have caused the fall of the meteorite, a supernova explosion, powerful volcanic eruptions, or climate change. Now on the brink of extinction are 19.6 thousand species of animals and plants – a third of all species that exist on Earth. Over the past two decades, the number of species threatened with extinction, has doubled. If the predatory attitude toward nature will continue, then, as some pessimists, 2050 Planet empty.” (Source: Mysteriousall)
“Industrialized countries are suffering from excess consumption. They are encouraged to reduce the level of consumerism and use fewer resources per capita. Business must be socially responsible and care for nature.
“Why would you fill the refrigerator with food if you do not eat everything? In Germany, 17% of produce is thrown away unpacked. In fact, can we not donate it to poor countries? The food there is 100 times cheaper.
“Some of the recommendations are difficult to implement because it requires to change habits: for example, travel to work by public transport, work during daylight hours, which means getting up and going to bed early, do not litter, and slow down child-bearing (one child per family).
“The future must be based on social justice and a green economy. Over-consumption can be stopped only through innovation. New technologies available now are enough to get four times as many products without a corresponding increase in resource spending. There are about 2300 resource and energy saving technologies in the world.” (Source: STRF.ru)
My Comment: The Club of Rome has been talking about these ideas for decades, and who hears them? And this is in spite of the fact that it includes well-known and influential people. We must understand that green technologies, reducing excess production, saving, and caring about cleanliness, all this can be achieved only through prior integral education and upbringing of people. Precisely due to upbringing, people will relate to one another, others, society, nature, and the world differently, and the messages of the Club of Rome and other clubs will be heard.