Monday, August 3, 2020

Anthropocene - The Age in which Human Activity Contested Mother Nature's Dominance

Read what the Vatican's Pontifical Academy of Sciences (PAS) has to say about Anthropocene. A meeting was held on June 18 (6,666).

The following book,

resulting from a 2017 workshop and published on the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’, is a fitting tribute to the main message of the Encyclical, that climate change, if left unchecked, can become a human tragedy of immeasurable proportions, particularly to the poorest three billion people in the world.

{Covid-19 is the instrument by which the Globalists will end Anthropocene}

The book authors were drawn from around the world and include health experts from WHO, climate and air pollution scientists, policy makers,faith leaders, and politicians. Several PAS members, including the present and past presidents of PAS, are co-authors of this unique book that places health effects as the central focal point of climate change. 

As we are now learning from the global response to COVID-19, a refocus of climate change in terms of human health impacts may bring in the sort of massive public support for climate actions. 

With unchecked climate change and air pollution, the very fabric of life on Earth, including that of humans, is at grave risk. We propose scalable solutions to avoid such catastrophic changes. There is less than a decade to put these solutions in place to preserve our quality of life for generations to come. The time to act is now. We human beings are creating a new and dangerous phase of Earth’s history that has been termed the Anthropocene. The term refers to the immense effects of human activity on all aspects of the Earth’s physical systems and on life on the planet. We are dangerously warming the planet, leaving behind the climate in which civilization developed. With accelerating climate change, we put ourselves at grave risk of massive crop failures, new and re-emerging infectious diseases, heat extremes, droughts, mega-storms, floods, and sharply rising sea levels. The economic activities that contribute to global warming are also wreaking other profound damage, including air and water pollution, deforestation, and massive land degradation, xiv causing a rate of species extinction unprecedented for the past 65 million years and a dire threat to human health through increases in heart disease, stroke, pulmonary disease, mental illness, infections, and cancer. Climate change threatens to exacerbate the current unprecedented flow of displacement of people and add to human misery by stoking violence and conflict.

Proposed Solutions 

We declare that governments and other stakeholders should urgently undertake the scalable and practical solutions listed below:

1. Health must be central to policies that stabilize climate change below dangerous levels, drive zero carbon as well as zero air pollution, and prevent ecosystem disruptions. 
2. All nations should implement with urgency the global commitments made in Agenda 2030 (including the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations) and the Paris Climate Agreement. 
3. Decarbonize the energy system as early as possible and no later than midcentury, shifting from coal, oil, and gas to wind, solar, geothermal, and other zero-carbon energy sources. 
4. The rich should not only expeditiously shift to safe energy and land-use practices but also provide financing to the poor for the costs of adapting to climate change. 
5. Rapidly reduce hazardous air pollutants, including the short-lived climate pollutants methane, ozone, black carbon and hydrofluorocarbons. 
6. End deforestation and land degradation, and restore degraded lands to protect biodiversity, reduce carbon emissions, and absorb atmospheric carbon into natural sinks. 
7. To accelerate decarbonization, there should be effective carbon pricing informed by estimates of the social costs of carbon, including the health effects of air pollution. 
8. Promote research and development of technologies to remove carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere for deployment if necessary. 
9. Forge collaborations between health and climate sciences to create a powerful alliance for sustainability. 
10. Promote behavioral changes that are beneficial for human health and protective of the environment, such as increased consumption of plant-based diets. 
11. Educate and empower the young to become the leaders of sustainable development. 
12. Promote an alliance with society that brings together scientists, policy makers, health care providers, faith/spiritual leaders, communities, and foundations to foster the societal transformation necessary to achieve our goals in the spirit of Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si’. 

To implement these 12 solutions, we call on health professionals to engage, educate, and advocate for climate mitigation and to undertake preventive public health actions vis-à-vis air pollution and climate change; and to inform the public of the high health risks of air pollution and climate change. The health sector should assume its obligation in shaping a healthy future. We call for a substantial improvement in energy efficiency and electrification of the global vehicle fleet and all other downstream uses of fossil fuels. 

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