Over 15,000 scientists from around the world have signed a letter warning of an imminent apocalypse. The ‘Warning to Humanity’ letter predicting an imminent apocalypse by “The world’s brightest minds” sketch a bleak picture of the future of Planet Earth. They ask, is it too late to save our species and preserve the environment? But…
To get the right answer you have to ask the right question. Today the popular questions focus around environment and species, not eternity and souls. Temporal versus eternal. By removing God from society, scientists have no other place to put pressure, propaganda and predict problems than on what they study, species and environment. It may be understandable, but it’s not right.
The prediction of famine from Amos 8:11 is here again, ““Behold, the days come,” saith the Lord God,
“that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord.”
It’s sad that today it’s a self-induced starvation amidst the greatest renaissance of spiritual enlightenment, revelation, and restoration of truth that was, is and ever will be. Let us not fall into the philosophies of men mingles with marketing and put undue emphasis on species, when God’s work and his glory is to “bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of our souls.” In fact, the more we improve ourselves in Christ the better our circumstance, surrounding (including environment and species) and situations improves, for the better.
Another troubling trend is the urge for “scientists, media influencers and lay citizens” to put pressure on governments to reverse the trend.” Government has replaced God so much that people think of it as the Savoir for all the worlds ills. Not that we shouldn’t be good stewards over this earth God has entrusted us with to “multiply, replenish, subdue, and care for,” it because He has “given us dominion over the whole earth.” Yet, an over-emphasis on earth, environment, and species rejects the God who created it and leads men & nationas away from the source of sustainment. The report continue:
The message is called “Warning to Humanity” and is an ominous vision of the grim fate awaiting our planet. The message updates an original Warning from the Union of Concerned Scientists, which was made in 1992. Now the global scientific community’s view of the future is even bleaker. Apart from the hole in the ozone layer, which has now been stabilised, every one of the major threats identified in 1992 has worsened. Runaway consumption of precious resources by an exploding population remains the biggest danger facing humankind, say the scientists.
A host of environmental calamities are highlighted in the warning notice, including catastrophic climate change, deforestation, mass species extinction, ocean “dead zones”, and lack of access to fresh water.
Writing in the online international journal BioScience, the scientists led by top US ecologist Professor William Ripple, from Oregon State University, said: “Humanity is now being given a second notice … We are jeopardising our future by not reining in our intense but geographically and demographically uneven material consumption and by not perceiving continued rapid population growth as a primary driver behind many ecological and even societal threats.
“By failing to adequately limit population growth, reassess the role of an economy rooted in growth, reduce greenhouse gases, incentivise renewable energy, protect habitat, restore ecosystems, curb pollution, halt defaunation, and constrain invasive alien species, humanity is not taking the urgent steps needed to safeguard our imperilled biosphere.”
In their original warning, scientists including most of the world’s Nobel Laureates argued that human impacts on the natural world were likely to lead to “vast human misery”.
The new notice, written as an open-letter “viewpoint” article, won the support of 15,364 scientists from 184 countries who agreed to offer their names as signatories.
The authors drew on data from government agencies, non-profit organisations and individual researchers to set out their case that environmental impacts were likely to inflict “substantial and irreversible harm” to the Earth. Professor Ripple said: “Those who signed this second warning aren’t just raising a false alarm. They are acknowledging the obvious signs that we are heading down an unsustainable path.
“We are hoping that our paper will ignite a widespread public debate about the global environment and climate.” Progress had been made in some areas – such as cutting ozone-depleting chemicals, and increasing energy generated from renewable sources – but this was far outweighed by the damaging trends, said the scientists. Source
Even an undue focus on escalating eschatology without an eternal perspective can be deadly to species, souls, environments, and our eternal journey.