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»Wir müssen endlich anerkennen, dass die Erde unser einziges Zuhause ist«

Aufruf der Alliance of World Scientists, 13.11.2017 (engl. Originalfassung)

Twenty-five years ago, the Union of Concerned Scientists and more than 1700 independent   scientists, including the majority of living Nobel laureates in the sciences, penned the 1992 “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity”. These concerned professionals called on humankind to curtail environmental destruction and cautioned that “a great change in our stewardship of the Earth and the life on it is required, if vast human misery is to be avoided.”

In their manifesto, they showed that humans were on a collision course with the natural world. They expressed concern about current, impending, or potential damage on planet Earth involving ozone  depletion, freshwater availability, marine life depletion, ocean dead zones, forest loss, biodiversity  destruction, climate change, and ontinued human population growth. 
They proclaimed that fundamental changes were urgently needed to avoid the consequences our  present course would bring.

On the twenty-fifth anniversary of their call, we look back at their warning and evaluate the human  response by exploring available time-series data.

To prevent widespread misery and catastrophic biodiversity loss, humanity must practice a more    environmentally sustainable alternative to business as usual. This prescription was well articulated by the world’s leading scientists 25 years ago, but in most respects, we have not heeded their warning.  Soon it will be too late to shift course away from our failing trajectory, and time is running out. We  must recognize, in our day-to-day lives and in our governing institutions, that Earth with all its life is our only home.

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