Mass extinction … of us?
Our ignorance and arrogance as a species has pretty much insured our demise in the not too distant future.
Starvation; wars over depleted resources including food and water; untreatable illnesses immune to any and all antibiotics, antifungals and antivirals; radical climate change to which we cannot adapt; and failure to reproduce due to a toxic environment. All of the above resulting in a massive “reduction in population” (RIP): high death rate coupled with a low birth rate, causing a population reduction of billions of humans.
Once the smoke clears, those humans still standing (if any) will be in the enviable position to start over to treat nature with the respect she deserves. In our absence, she has millions of years to cleanse herself of our legacy, regenerate, create many new species, and perhaps evolve an improved human model. Or not.
Even though we are somewhere between The Age of Stupidity and The Age of Arrogance, surely some will see at the last minute that what is happening to us is the same thing that has happened to other societies that have exceeded the carrying capacity of their environment â€“ extinction.
Is there anything that can be done? We just don’t know, but encouraging people, worldwide to have fewer children can only be a good thing at this point.