Nature Blog Network Future Earth: "Darwin award" for humanity?

Friday, 23 November 2007

"Darwin award" for humanity?

The “Darwin awards” honour those whose stupidity causes them to accidentally remove themselves from the gene pool, thereby improving the caliber of our genetic soup. Well I’d like to nominate humanity for accidentally kicking the soup bowl over and allowing our essence to desiccate in the increasing heat of a dying planet. How much evidence do we need about the speed of change and the scale of the problem? Tell you what, let’s have another conference. It only took a decade for “Kyoto” to find its way into George Bush’s vocabulary, how irrelevant will “Bali” become by 2017?

The United Nations Climate Change Conference will take place in Bali, Indonesia from 3-14 December: It is a tremendous opportunity to agree the international framework that will reward countries retaining the natural habitats that will allow our planet to breathe. Come on humanity...grasp the lifeline and reject that “Darwin award”.

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