The Prototype previously reported on the 1992 Union of Concerned Scientists warning that the hazardous rate of destruction to the planet was threatening humanity and that “a great change in our stewardship of the Earth and the life on it is required, if vast human misery is to be avoided.”
The original paper’s ideas provided the foundation for the Paris Climate Accord and recent efforts to reduce plastic accumulation in the oceans. A new paper from Oxford Press was published this week updating on these stark trends. Freshwater resources, forests and animal species are rapidly being depleted, whilst the population, CO2 emissions and temperatures have soared.
One counteracting measure is a newly announced Western Australia PET plastic waste reprocessing plant. Another announcement is The Global Coalition to End Wildlife Trafficking Online, organised by Google and the World Wildlife Fund. Including 21 companies such as Alibaba, Baidu, eBay, Facebook, Instagram and Microsoft, the Coalition has pledged to “work together to collectively reduce wildlife trafficking across platforms by 80% by 2020.”
Image: TheDigitalArtist / CC0-1.0 – Degradation of the Earth
This story is taken from the 09 March 2018 edition of The Warren Centre’s Prototype newsletter. Sign up for the Prototype here.