1 Million

“One million plant and animal species are on the verge of extinction, with alarming implications for human survival, according to a United Nations report released Monday.

The landmark report by seven lead co-authors from universities across the world goes further than previous studies by directly linking the loss of species to human activity. It also shows how those losses are undermining food and water security, as well as human health.”

Darryl Fears (The Washington Post:One million species face extinction, U.N. report says. And humans will suffer as a result.“)

 

In the UN report that has shaken the news cycle (published yesterday, May 6th), the initial text reads:

Current global response insufficient;
‘Transformative changes’ needed to restore and protect nature;
Opposition from vested interests can be overcome for public good
Most comprehensive assessment of its kind;
1,000,000 species threatened with extinction

Source: un.org

1,000,000 species. 

John Schlosberg reports, ““When you think about 1 million species, it really brings it home that we are the stewards of the earth,” Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, chief program officer with the Natural Resource Defense Council, told ABC News. ”

The scariest piece of this report and the unfolding reports around it, is the reality that our ecosystem of sky scrapers, concrete, and AI doesn’t have the capability to replace and and stand in for the natural world. The plant and animal species that are being threatened are vital to how we live on this planet – from food security to poverty levels, the projected scale of this loss and destruction is unfathomable.

“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt

The question know is What? As well as How? Will this fall by the wayside, or will we, as  collective world-citizens, take a stand? The governments we rely on can make all of the policies that they want to, but a true movement of value and scale starts with the people: the world-citizens who recognize the collective stakes and step-up to create a diverse and passionate grassroots movement.  When our children are grown and the world is older, do we want tell stories of how we stood up for the planet and celebrated the gift of living on a green earth? Or will we look at the ground and shake our heads in disbelief that we didn’t do something when we had the chance?