United Nations Report on Global Warming


Barakat Jooda, Reporter

The United Nation recently issued a report about the impact global warming will have on endangered species and animals in general. According to the U.N. report, “around 1 million animal and plant species are now threatened with extinction.” From this report, it is seen that nature is on the verge of destruction, and it is rapidly deteriorating. Biodiversity between several species and our ecosystem is declining rapidly, The question is whether- human beings can still find the means to survive? Even if humans survive, what’s the advantage, since our main producer of food is dying off every second. In addition, if we find ways to survive, it’s very unlikely that we will survive for long, because we do not produce our food by ourselves. We depend on plants and animals for food. The benefits of nature really serves a large role in our lives, and without nature, no one would probably exist in the future. Nature’s decline is our fault, because of all the numerous dangerous activities that we carry out. According to Edmund Burke“Do not bite the hands that feed you.”  I We are causing damage to our environment, mostly for our selfish interests and greediness.

There are several ways that we are causing damage to nature, and some of them are logging, mining, harvesting, hunting, and trading of plants and animals for money. Every single day, trees are being cut down to make buildings and furniture, most of which we don’t need. In some countries, the killing of fish is seen as a sport, where people hunt for the biggest fish just to win a medal, or get recognition of some sort. It’s very inhuman to be killing fish, decreasing the aquatic population, decreasing biodiversity and messing up the ecosystem just for a medal. All of these actions sum up why several organisms are endangered (soon to be gone extinct), and why some are already extinct. Moreover, one of the biggest damage is GLOBAL WARMING. According to the Intergovernmental Science- Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services( IPBES), “ …since 1980, greenhouse gas emissions have doubled and thereby raised average global temperature by at least 0.7 degree celcius.”According to many different reports out there, global warming is mostly caused by humans through burning of fossil fuels, deforestation, and factory farming. As humans, we are adding more fuel to the fire by overfishing, factory farming, pesticide use, pollution, and urban expansion into natural spaces.The U.N. Report stated that global warming is impacting nature at all levels, from ecosystems to genetics. Those impacts are expected to increase dramatically over the coming decades.This means that humans are likely not going to stop damaging the earth.

Scientists claim increase temperatures are leading to extreme weather, rising sea levels, and diminishing Arctic sea ice, among other changes to the environment. Ecosystems as diverse as the Amazon rainforest and the Arctic tundra are facing dramatic change through warming and drying. This poses a large danger to plants and animals that live in the rainforest and in the tundra.Their habitats are being destroyed, leaving them no way to survive and causing them to be at the risk of going extinct. According to the UN, ”we have just 12 years to turn climate change around.” If not, the entire Earth is in danger. However, according to the IPBES chair, Sir Robert Watson, “Through transformative change, nature can still be conserved, restored and used sustainably.” This tells us that all hope is not lost.

The Earth may not be able to return to its initial state, but at least it could be far better than it is right now through reformative changes. There are really so many things that humans could do to help. Even the small changes count. For instance, plastic straws should be banned by the Government, because they go into the seas and animals choke on them leading to their death. Also, we should try to stop polluting water, we should stop throwing different things into the water, because they go into the animals and this disrupts the ecosystem, leaving us with little to no source of food. Deforestation should also be stopped, because cutting down these trees make animals lose their homes and deforestation also speeds up global warming. As humans, we all know that a lot of the things we do are really bad. We should try to reduce our wicked and unfair actions. Nature is in dire need of our help, and we need dramatic action now.