Our unique attributes evolved over a period of roughly 6 million years. They represent modifications of great ape attributes that are roughly 10 million years old, primate attributes that are roughly 55 million years old, mammalian attributes that are roughly 245 million years old, vertebrate attributes that are roughly 600 million years old, and attributes of nucleated cells that are perhaps 1,500 million years old. If you think it is unnecessary to go that far back in the tree of life to understand our own attributes, consider the humbling fact that we share with nematodes (tiny wormlike creatures) the same gene that controls appetite. At most, our unique attributes are like an addition onto a vast multiroom mansion. It is sheer hubris to think that we can ignore all but the newest room.
— David Sloan Wilson
Why Aren't the Big Environmental Organizations Actively Promoting This?
To maximally reduce your eco-footprint to reduce carbon pollution, global warming and climate destabilization:
Eat less animal meat and dairy products as often as you can and get your protein in other ways. It is that simple!
The two big shockers of climate destabilization caused by fossil fuel pollution induced global warming are:
Shocker 1.) No matter what we do now humanity will be sadly facing a global average temperature increase of 6-12 degrees Fahrenheit within as little as 40-70 years. This is that based on an internal dialectical meta-system analysis of over 7,000 pages of the current climate data research and summaries.
Remember Arctic methane? You know, the ecological time bomb lurking inside the polar region's thawing permafrost? Well, we now know how much the fallout will cost when and if this subterranean gas is ever released. $60,000,000,000,000. Yes. That is 60 Trillion US dollars!
But that is only a fraction of the total amount that economists estimate climate change will cost the planet by 2040. That carbon pollution cost number is $400 trillion.
There are important reasons behind this year's primary message for Universe Day 2013 which is:
1.) We are all Planetry Citizens and Universe Citizens. As such, we have responsibilities and rights to the planet, humanity and their future that transcend our national citizenships.
2.) increasing awareness of the looming climate cliff, (which is crossing the global warming tipping points leading to irreversible or extinction-level climate destabilization.) Current escalating climate destabilization is the result of human-caused carbon pollution of our atmosphere by fossil fuels.
Welcome to the necessary end of the fossil fuel era in 2063 with the widespread recognition and enforcement of a new moratorium on any future fossil fuel burning past that date. But why this proposed moratorium and deadline now?
Are there good practical reasons for it?
It does not do any good to set a moratorium for fossil fuel burning if that moratorium is realistically impossible to meet! Therefore setting the goal of no fossil fuel burning by 2063 anywhere on the planet (other than for military use or space exploration,) is both wise and practical.
We the citizens of Earth are endowed with certain inalienable rights, powers and obligations. These rights, powers and obligations demand that we act both individually and in concert to protect and preserve the evolution of life on earth as well as the common well-being of current and future generations.
Are our families, businesses and nations prepared to adapt to increasing climate destabilization already manifesting in weather extremes, growing economic losses and increasing food and resource shortages? If we ignore the current science, are we prepared for the increasing severe consequences as we march toward catastrophic and finally irreversible climate destabilization?
More non-profit environmental groups, media, NGO's, corporations and governments are beginning to abandon the terms global warming and climate change for the new terms climate cliff, climate destabilization, catastrophic climate destabilization irreversible climate destabilization and extinction level climate destabilization. They are doing so for many reasons.
Authors and Luminaries Comments on the Universe for the 3rd Annual Universe Day
Celebrating New Universe Day 2012, Nancy Ellen Abrams and Joel R. Primack (http://new-universe.org).
Our 13.7 billion year old universe was shaped by the instant at the beginning of the Big Bang called “cosmic inflation,” during which a quantum sized region grew exponentially, doubling in size again and again and again. The universe exploded by at least 30 orders of magnitude in that tiny fraction of a second to the size of a newborn baby, then abruptly changed at the Big Bang to much slower expansion. At the Big Bang the blueprint for the entire future evolution of our universe on large scales was already in place, created during that wild instant of cosmic inflation.