An ecological crisis occurs when changes to the environment harm, unravel or destroy natural life supporting eco-systems (habitats) to the extent that threaten the continued survival of an entire species.
A man-made ecological crisis occurs when the changes to the environment are man-made. This includes economic activities (manufacturing, farming, mining, development, etc) that causes air pollution which leads to global warming and land transformation. This in turn causes the destruction and loss of habitats that cause mass extinctions (loss of biodiversity).
Greatest Risk of our Time
For a very long time now, the science has been clear. The facts are incontrovertible. We are in a midst of a mass extinction, with about 200 species becoming extinct each day. It is unconscionable that our children and grandchildren should have to bear the terrifying brunt of an unprecedented ecological disaster, entirely of our own making.
Despite the warnings of scares resources and the logic of limits to growth, the human race can no longer continue to violate the fundamental laws of nature with impunity. If we continue our current path, and business as usual, the future of our species is bleak. Human demands on the Earth’s ecosystems is known as the ecological footprint. It is a measure of the load or damage caused by our activities imposed on nature.
Limited resources & Over consumption.
Limits of Grouth
The Limits to Growth is a 1972 report that tested the exponential economic and population growth on a computer simulation with the natural constraints of a finite supply of resources.
Our government is complicit in ignoring the precautionary principle, and in failing to acknowledge that infinite economic growth on a planet with finite resources is non-viable. Instead, the government irresponsibly promotes rampant consumerism and free market fundamentalism and allows greenhouse gas emissions to rise. Earth Overshoot Day (the date when humans have used up more resources from nature than the planet can renew in the entire year) falls ever earlier each year (1 August in 2018).
When a government wilfully abrogates its responsibility to protect its citizens from harm and to secure the future for generations to come, it has failed in its most essential duty of stewardship. The “social contract” has been broken, and it is therefore not only our right, but our moral duty to bypass the government’s inaction and flagrant dereliction of duty, and to rebel to defend life itself.
The world’s modern ecological crisis was exacerbated by the industrial revolution since 1760 and has since then increased exponentially. Modern environmental history developed after the 1950’s, when the crisis became unprecedented in its magnitude, pace and severity (Park 2001). Awareness of this environmental crisis has grown since Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring in 1962, and with the Club of Rome Limited Growth in 1970.
Cause of the Problem
The root cause of all wide-ranging environmental problems (which have manifested into an ecological crisis as global warming and mass extinction of life (Biodiversity loss), is population increases. Population growth is the root cause of all these problems. It is important to fight the root cause, and not its many effects. The problem arises because the Earth has limited space and finite or scares naturally resource are being depleted faster than they can re-generate. Human economic activities are also overwhelming the biosphere.