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World Faces Two-Thirds Wildlife Loss by 2020 Absent Radical System Change


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World Faces Two-Thirds Wildlife Loss by 2020 Absent Radical System Change

Nadia Prupis, staff writer

Global populations of wild animals could be down by two-thirds by 2020 without reform to food and energy systems, according to a devastating new report out Thursday.

The analysis by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the Zoological Society of London finds that animal populations dropped 58 percent between 1970 and 2012. Without radical action, the world could witness a decline of 67 percent by 2020.


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The neoliberal managers have no imagination. They can't imagine the denuded uninhabitable world we are hurtling into. And even if they can they don't care because their religion of greed consumes their minds. Fredric Jameson was right about these sick bastards when he said something to the effect that "it is easier to imagine the end of the world then the end of capitalism."


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Multiple studies attest to the destruction we are causing to all life forms through our actions and inactions. If only the PTB would take notice and give a damn. We are truly at a cross-roads. We can continue down this path and destroy life on earth as we know it, or (!!!) we could actually wake up and decide to transition ourselves into more enlightened beings. Unfortunately, the first path is the 'easy' one in the short term. Turning things around will require revolution (peaceful is possible), and that's hard work.

Just determining how and where to start is problematic. Our individual efforts to reduce our negative impacts are important, but not sufficient. The Standing Rock Sioux are demonstrating the how. We need to determine a where and a when that cannot be buried by the MSM. HRC's coronation might be such a venue...


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Why do people beat around the bush and don't mention the basic problem, human overpopulation?

To which we add extreme wealth inequality...


#5

Clinton may take care of the population problem.


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Well I was about to say shame it isn't homo sapiens who will disappear. They have caused all the problems and suffering. Not the creatures facing this threat.


#7

Or theresa may. She said she would have no problem sacrificing innocents to protect the brexiteers.


#8

And who is going to take care of the wealth inequality problem, oligarchy politicians?

Direct Demcracy


#9

Sorry to disillusion you but when millions protested around the world, Iraq was still invaded.


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The analysis by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the Zoological Society of London finds that animal populations dropped 58 percent between 1970 and 2012. Without radical action, the world could witness a decline of 67 percent [from 1970 populations] by 2020.

Otherwise it's ambiguous.
1) decline of 67 percent from present levels or:
2) decline of 67 percent from 1970 levels ?

I consulted the original study where it says, unambiguously:

Global biodiversity is declining at an alarming rate, putting the survival of other species and our own future at risk. The latest edition of WWF’s Living Planet Report brings home the enormity of the situation - and how we can start to put it right. The Living Planet Index reveals that global populations of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles declined by 58 per cent between 1970 and 2012. We could witness a two-thirds decline in the half-century from 1970 to 2020 – unless we act now to reform our food and energy systems and meet global commitments on addressing climate change, protecting biodiversity and supporting sustainable development.


#14

'The Humane Society calls a Trump presidency ‘a threat to animals everywhere’
https://secure.humanesociety.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=7260
Humane Society Warns Trump Presidency Would Be ‘Threat to Animals Everywhere’


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https://secure.humanesociety.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=7260
Humane Society Warns Trump Presidency Would Be ‘Threat to Animals Everywhere’


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But capitalism has to end. Starting with industrial agriculture. What was it Kennedy said?
“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."

Anyone care to join me storming Trump Tower?

(That's a joke, by the way as I am a pacifist and much prefer a peaceful solution)


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Rethinking the US Constitution could be a place to start. I have a plan if you care to join me.


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The "radical system change" that must happen to prevent the total genocide of animal species is a radical reduction in the numbers of the human species. We are animals and animals are us and we have forgotten this fundamental fact of life. We are killing ourselves. Absent a catastrophic trauma to remind us who and what we are in the greater scheme of things, I don't see how it is possible for the human species to recognize the sacredness of all life after more than a century of indoctrination by scientific materialism has stripped life of any sacred meaning and purpose. Existential shock and awe is the prescription for the cure of arrogance and complacency.....and insanity. Human beings all over the world are psychotic at the present time. Americans are selecting their leaders at the moment, a choice between Lady Macbeth hooked on methamphetamine and a narcissist billionaire bullshit artist. The future beckons......


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There is currently existential crisis everywhere. Unfortunately it is what the elite classifies as the "other": Foreigners, the disabled, the poor, the politically independent, among many others. And since the elite control the media you won't hear much in the way of this "other" except demonetization. The only way the elite will care is if they themselves feel this existential crisis. And considering they think they can survive a nuclear war unscathed, don't expect them to let go of their hubris anytime soon.


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right. only money and power ring their bells.............


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If two-thirds of wildlife is gone within the next four years, the change would be so profound that life on Earth would collapse. It's too late to do anything.


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Tragically, since the 1990s even US liberals have implicitly supported those policies that have put so many into crisis. Consider that the overall life expectancy of the US poor has already fallen to age 60-62. Not everyone can work, and there aren't jobs for all. The US stripped our poor of the basic human rights (UN's UDHR) of food and shelter. This defines Americans today.


#25

The pervasive denialism that saturates centrism far exceeds climate change deniers. Everywhere we carefully look, we can see how the extremist anthropocene pushes its nihilistic corruption and power while claiming accountability, transparency, responsibility and democracy.
Deny climate change, deny massive species extinction, deny killing 100,000s and then millions with our pollution, deny the antidemocratic first-past-the-post corporate governance, deny wasting precious disappearing water and poisoning it daily with governments' approvals, deny intentionally impoverishing citizens . . . . . deny, deny . . . . .then deny some more.
Be a radical - talk truth.
Regime change is necessary.