EXAMPLES OF THE WORLD CRISES




CRISES OF LIFE ON EARTH

Lions – population down 90% in 20 years. Large ocean fish – down 90% since 1950. Fresh water fish – down 50% since 1987. All land animals down 28% since 1970 (1)

The rate of species extinction is estimated to be 1000 greater than normal.


CRISES OF INEQUALITY

The richest 85 people in the world own as much wealth as the poorest HALF of the world (2)


CRISES OF THE ECONOMY

Total world debt is US$230 trillion, which is about $30,000 for every man woman and child on the planet.


CRISES IN HEALTH

Cancer will affect 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women in the US, (1 in 3 of all people in NZ) and the number of new cases of cancer is set to nearly double by the year 2050 (3)

CRISES OF MENTAL SUFFERING

On average, one person dies from suicide every 40 seconds somewhere in the world. Someone attempts suicide every 2 seconds.


CRISES IN HUMAN RESOURCES

A new study (4) warns that global industrial civilisation is doomed to catastrophic collapse because of the overstretched demand for resources.


CRISES IN MORALITY

The tobacco firm Philip Morris is suing the governments of Australia and Uruguay for trying to discourage people from smoking.

In the US, 21 cities have passed legislation to forbid feeding homeless people.


CRISES OF CLIMATE

The world is passing tipping points for abrupt, catastrophic and irreversible changes to the global climate according to a report released in December 2013 (5).


CRISES IN THE OCEANS

The global population of phytoplankton has fallen about 40% since 1950. Half of the world's oxygen is produced by phytoplankton, and they are the bottom of the ocean's food chain – all ocean life depends on them.

Mass die-offs are occurring off the west coast of the USA of seabirds, fish, starfish, sea lions, walruses, whales . . .


CRISES IN HUMAN FERTILITY

Studies show that human sperm count has fallen around 50% since 1950. One study revealed that only one in four men have "good" sperm (6).


CRISES IN HUMAN BRUTALITY

    The ex UN chief Ban Ki-Moon said the Syrian government forces were “responsible for the arbitrary detention and torture of children for their perceived association with the opposition, and for using children as human shields”. Witnesses have told UN investigators that some of the treatment children were subject to included “beatings with metal cables, whips and metal batons; electric shocks including to the genitals; the ripping out of fingernails and toenails; sexual violence; exposure to the torture of relatives”; etc (7).


CRISES IN SOIL FERTILITY

    Britain has only 100 harvests left in its farm soil as scientists warn of growing agricultural crisis (8). Elsewhere cropland is being lost to desertification and pollution at a rate of 30 hectares per minute – over 30 times the historical rate (9). But human population continues to rise rapidly.



    References:

    (1) Guardian Newspaper UK.

    (2) Oxfam

    (3) Based on statistics collected by the Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) program at the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

    (4) Goddard Space Flight Centre, NASA

    (5) US National Academy of Sciences

    (6) Niels Jørgensen, associate professor at Rigshospital, Copenhagen, at European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology conference.

    (7) UN Human Development Report

(8) Professor Nigel Dunnett, of the University of Sheffield, in 'Farmer's Weekly' October 2014

(9) UN – UNCCD brochure



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