What everyone eats impacts on the survival of the planet’s species, including humans who through their abuse endanger the flora and fauna, and thereby their own survival. After sounding the alarm about the risks of a massive extinction of the species of the Earth, the first since the dinosaurs, experts called on everyone to act to stop the degradation of the planet due to climate change and reckless behavior of humans.
“We are sabotaging our own future wellbeing! The good news is (…) it’s not too late,” argued the chair of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) by presenting a study conducted by more than 550 researchers.
This vast diagnosis aims to ensure that the world’s leaders take into account biodiversity in the management of agriculture, fishing, forestry, transport, energy, and so on.
Implementing the vision of a sustainable future
“What we need is sustainable production (…), adequate funding, free of subsidies,” said Robert Watson, stressing the need to give up fossil fuels.
On agriculture, Mark Rounsevell, a co-author of the report, also lamented that Europe “subsidizes farmers to overproduce food at the expense of nature”.
Without giving up his smiling good-humoredness, Robert Watson called on “governments to work with the private sector, with civil society to implement the vision of a sustainable future”.
Changing humans behavior to stop the degradation of the planet
“We also need to change behavior,” said the head of IPBES. There is no doubt that, as individuals, we must be responsible consumers of food, water, and energy.
For another of the co-authors of the IPBES study, Markus Fischer, decisions that can make a difference in the preservation of the planet do not depend on politics either.
“We are consumers, we are citizens with the right to vote, parents. (…) We are therefore ourselves decision-makers (…) and these hundreds of decisions we make can be more favorable to biodiversity, or not! And it is these decisions that build our choice of society and determine our future,” explained Markus Fischer.
In conclusion, every one of us can intervene to stop the degradation of the planet and when more and more people, regular citizens of the Earth’s cities, adopt an environmental-friendly behavior the climate change will diminish and all its negative effects leading to sustainability and the preservation of the life on the planet Earth.
Erin VanDyke lives on her family farm and has more than 35 years of hands-on experience with the use of livestock guard dogs for predator control. On their farm, Jan and her family use corgis as herding dogs and have raised Shetland sheep, Fainting goats, Morgan and Trakehner horses, and historic breeds of chickens and turkeys. Erin is also an active beekeeper.