Why it’s time to think about human extinction

After listening to this ep with Dr David Suzuki, you’ll never be the same again. The environmentalist, activist, professor of genetics and science broadcaster hits us with some home truths about what our future will look like if we continue to live the way we have been. What will life be like for our children and grandchildren? Can the damage we’ve done to the planet be reversed? Is extinction of the human race imminent?

We talk about population control, the importance of renewable energy and discuss what we can do right now in our own lives that can actually make a difference. This is for anyone who cares about the future of mankind.

Facing Extinction

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“For much of my life, I thought our species would soon go extinct. I assumed we might last another hundred years if we were lucky. Now I suspect we are facing extinction in the near future. Can I speculate as to exactly when that might happen? Of course not. My sense of this is based only on probability. It might be similar to hearing about a diagnosis of late stage pancreatic cancer. Is it definite that the person is going to die soon? No, not definite. Is it highly probable? Yes, one would be wise to face the likelihood and put one’s affairs in order….”

The End of the End of the Earth

About Jonathan Franzen’s collection of essays about climate change “The End of the End of the Earth”, author Bill McKibben writes in The New York Times Book Review “[Franzen’s] turning over rocks along the shore and finding noteworthy details beneath.”
Recorded in Boston in 2018, Jonathan Franzen leads the discussion about climate change, and how to find meaning in a world that feels it’s coming to the end.

New Rule: The Fudge Report

In his editorial New Rule, Bill calls on Americans to take control of their health and address the growing obesity epidemic.

Our Food Is Killing Too Many of Us

Improving American nutrition would make the biggest impact on our health care.

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20 Big Questions about the Future of Humanity


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Scientific American

We asked leading scientists to predict the future. Here’s what they had to say…

How to prevent World War 3

World Economic Forum

Since the ‘war to end all wars’ − as H G Wells so wrongly predicted a century ago − the world has seen the ‘peace to end all peace’ lead to the horrors of the second world war, proxy wars through the Cold War and, today, violent conflicts that increasingly affect civilians disproportionately and cross the red lines laid by the laws of armed conflict. The machinery of war and the available firepower has increased dramatically. The risks of a third world war are enormous. If we add in all the means and methods of warfare − conventional, nuclear, cyber, drones, and so on − we have the military potential to destroy ourselves entirely…

A.I. Could Help Combat Modern Slavery, if Humans Don’t Mess It Up

Slate

Though it’s been over it’s been more than a century since the end of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, the practice of using forced human labor has proven to be a stubbornly modern problem. According to 2016 estimates by the Global Slavery Index 45.8 million people are currently enslaved worldwide…

Future of Life Institute

Three Surprising Solutions To Climate Change

Forbes

When the analysts at Project Drawdown quantified the impact of 100 solutions to climate change, they were surprised by some of their results, the organization’s executive director said in a recent appearance at Carnegie-Mellon University…