June 24, 2015
(ANTIMEDIA) In a new study, a group of scientists from Stanford University, Princeton University, the University of California, Berkeley, and others warn that the Earth is experiencing a sixth mass extinction era. They are calling for fast action to save endangered species and habitats.
The scientists claim that species are disappearing at up to about 100 times faster than the normal rate between mass extinctions, known as the background rate. Their study was published in the journal Science Advances.
“If it is allowed to continue, life would take many millions of years to recover, and our species itself would likely disappear early on,” said lead author Gerardo Ceballos of the Universidad Autónoma de México.
The researchers compared fossil records for vertebrates and extinction counts from a variety of records. They concluded that humans are creating “a global spasm of biodiversity loss.” They blame several actions for the destruction of life, including land clearing for farming, logging and settlement, carbon emissions, toxins that alter and poison ecosystems, and the introduction of invasive species.
The researchers told Stanford that their estimates were conservative and that the situation may be much worse than previously believed.
“We emphasize that our calculations very likely underestimate the severity of the extinction crisis, because our aim was to place a realistic lower bound on humanity’s impact on biodiversity,” they wrote.
Paul Ehrlich, the Bing Professor of Population Studies in Biology, a senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, and co-author of the study said, “[The study] shows without any significant doubt that we are now entering the sixth great mass extinction event.”
Is Humanity the Problem or Can We Be the Solution?
Without a doubt, the Earth is suffering. The planet is ravaged with environmental disasters, loss of important ecosystems and species, and a population that seems increasingly ignorant to the impact it is having on the rock they call home. Every free mind should work to live in harmony with this planet and reduce the impact of our existence on this beautiful, unique place we call Earth. That is without question.
What we should question, however, are the motives for governments and other parasitic classes who promote the idea that humanity is the problem that needs to be corrected. Indeed,
Professor Ehrlich’s involvement might set off a few alarms for those familiar with the topic of eugenics. Eugenics is the belief that humans can be improved through genetic or social engineering.
In 1981, Ehrlich wrote the book, “Extinction: The Causes and Consequences of the Disappearance of Species.” Before that, Ehrlich co-wrote “Ecoscience,” which sheds some light on his ideas. Published in 1977 with John Holdren, currently the Obama administration’s Science Czar, “Ecoscience” promotes a number of radical ideas for dealing with the world’s population. Some of these ideas include forced abortions enforced by a global police force, which requires the loss of individual sovereignty. Pretty radical stuff, indeed. Here are a couple excerpts:
On Forced Abortion:
Page 837: “Indeed, it has been concluded that compulsory population-control laws, even including laws requiring compulsory abortion, could be sustained under the existing Constitution if the population crisis became sufficiently severe to endanger the society.”
Page 786: “One way to carry out this disapproval might be to insist that all illegitimate babies be put up for adoption—especially those born to minors, who generally are not capable of caring properly for a child alone. If a single mother really wished to keep her baby, she might be obliged to go through adoption proceedings and demonstrate her ability to support and care for it. Adoption proceedings probably should remain more difficult for single people than for married couples, in recognition of the relative difficulty of raising children alone. It would even be possible to require pregnant single women to marry or have abortions, perhaps as an alternative to placement for adoption, depending on the society.”
The authors discuss poisoning the water to force fertility control:
From page 787-8: “Adding a sterilant to drinking water or staple foods is a suggestion that seems to horrify people more than most proposals for involuntary fertility control. Indeed, this would pose some very difficult political, legal, and social questions, to say nothing of the technical problems. No such sterilant exists today, nor does one appear to be under development. To be acceptable, such a substance would have to meet some rather stiff requirements: it must be uniformly effective, despite widely varying doses received by individuals, and despite varying degrees of fertility and sensitivity among individuals; it must be free of dangerous or unpleasant side effects; and it must have no effect on members of the opposite sex, children, old people, pets, or livestock.”
Holdren and Ehrlich write about the global police force:
Page 917: “If this could be accomplished, security might be provided by an armed international organization, a global analogue of a police force. Many people have recognized this as a goal, but the way to reach it remains obscure in a world where factionalism seems, if anything, to be increasing. The first step necessarily involves partial surrender of sovereignty to an international organization.”
Following the new study, the National Review accused Ehrlich of pushing an “Ecological Doomsday,” something he has been accused of in the past—specifically, after the release of his 1968 book, The Population Bomb. Although the book was a best seller, the ideas expressed have largely been discredited. At the time, Ehrlich said that by the early 2000s, the populations of the United States and Britain would be starving en masse because of their increase in size and consumption.
Does a book Ehrlich wrote nearly 40 years ago discredit this current study? Of course not. He is after all, just one of several scientists involved. But it does highlight the importance of understanding the motivations of those pushing doomsday theories. Further, the study ignores the impact government institutions have on the environment.
Beyond the importance of checking the source of the latest doomsday prediction, it is absolutely important for free hearts and minds to strive to live an existence that is in balance and harmony with the planet and all the life we share this space with. Free people do not need a government to enforce balance. Free minds do not need their rights and choices stripped in the name of saving the collective. It is up to each and every free thinking, capable, self-determined individual to make a choice to live in a more conscious manner.
We can listen to the proclamations of how despicable our species is or we can look to our history of great achievements and recognize that humanity is moving forward—towards something greater than control and destruction. What will the future we manifest look like? That is up to you, my friend.
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