… who lack basic essentials such as water, food, shelter, friends – and empathy.
Especially that last.
(Human) population is a serious problem; mainly because it’s crowding out the other residents of ‘our’ planet. The more serious issue, though, is overconsumption – and of course I mean by humans, and mostly by a small fraction of the total (now approaching eight billion). The other beings with whom we ‘share’ our world tend not to do that to the same extent; when they do transgress, they pay the price. We, even with our (allegedly) greater smarts, are not immune to the consequences of our actions.
If you have an hour and a quarter to spare, please watch the documentary ‘Breaking Boundaries‘, the trailer for which is below. Sadly, it’s only available on Netflix; in my opinion it should be on every channel across the world – and played at prime time every night until everyone gets the message.
Professor Johan Rockström: The science is clear, and has been communicated for the past 30 years; but still we’re not moving in the right direction. I don’t get depressed, I get angry. What are the systems that determine the state of the planet? This is about us. It is about our future.
Sir David Attenborough: All is not well with our planet. As we increase our pressures on Earth, we are now crossing irreversible tipping points.
Dr Anne Larigauderie: Nature is being degraded at a rate and a scale that is unprecedented.
Professor Terry Hughes: When we emit CO2, about a third has ended up in the ocean.
Dr Daniella Teixeira: There’s no sign of any wildlife at all.
Professor Veerabhadran Ramanathan: Based on the seven and a half million deaths, we have already crossed the boundary as far as aerosols are concerned.
Professor Terry Hughes: As we manipulate the planet’s climate, we’re literally playing with fire.
Professor Carlos Nobre: Are we concerned about fighting the climate crisis? The window is still open for us to have a future for humanity. We still have a chance.
Professor Johan Rockström: What we do between 2020 and 2030, it will be the decisive decade for humanity’s future on Earth.
Dr María Neira: Human health, animal health and environmental health – the three are so much linked.
Professor Johan Rockström: We’ve covered the whole planet with knowledge. The future’s not determined. The future is in our hands.
Sir David Attenborough: It’s a remarkable time to be alive. You may never look at the world in the same way again.
The transcript above was made with the help of Sonix, which did most of the donkey work for a tiny fee (I did have to spend some time tidying it up). Note that I do not have the copyright owner’s permission to publish this transcript here. I’ve investigated the copyright rules regarding transcriptions (more about that here), and one thing I’ve learned is that it’s no defence to make a disclaimer like “these aren’t my words, no copyright infringement intended.” However, I offer the transcription here as a service to society (especially the deaf community). I do hope the copyright owner won’t object. And I hope that you find this video as interesting as I did.
In a time of crises, proper choice of priorities is crucial. Perspective is all-important.
And now, a return to the ‘far more important’ matters that dominate the *cough* news *cough*.