Featured Photo: Five hundred homes were lost in Canberra in 2003; the whole coastal and near inland of south-eastern Australia was aflame in 2019/2020.
Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony, 1 March 2021
The Last Five Years, Global Threats in 2021: mass extinction, climate change, human population, refugees, Covid-19 and the Internet
This article is a companion to my last article Killing Osama bin Laden, Update 2021 in which I also covered what has happened in global politics in the last five years.
Climate change is now becoming front and centre in global politics as has been predicted for some time. Many countries are beginning to treat climate change as an emergency that must be solved, but are not to date doing anything much about it.
Australia is coming to the issue late, neither major party in Federal politics is doing anything and will have to be dragged kicking and screaming to the table. The less significant National Party is still in denial. Yet, the corporate sector, business, non-government agencies and to a lesser extent State governments are beginning to act, as is much of the corporate sector around the world.
In my view this is all too little too late. I am reminded of the trope in cartoons and elsewhere of the gloom-laden man holding up a sign that reads the end is nigh! I am not going to present arguments here. The facts are too self-evident.
Let’s look at the last five years and forward to the next ten.
Problems Humanity Faces
The major problems of mass extinction, climate change, human population, refugees and Covid-19 are inter-related. The internet is slightly separated but integral to our future too.
Mass Extinction of Species
Mass extinction of other life forms began with the industrial revolution and has been creeping up on us. Most do not think extinction of species, especially the many of which we know very little about, is a threat to humanity and our survival.
Even if the survival of humanity isn’t in play, the disappearance of animals, plants, fungi and microbes is going to make our planet a dreary place.
Yet, we have become blasé about the potential disappearance of tigers, rhinoceros and elephants.
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