The authors argue that centuries of imperialism, extractive capitalism, and population growth have pushed Earth’s ecosystems beyond their limits, and created a broadening pattern of social inequality. The review summarizes the grave threats facing the planet but rejects a “doom and gloom” philosophy. Instead, the authors argue, the threats should motivate swift and substantial actions.

According to the authors, a global economic model focused on wealth accumulation and profit, rather than true sustainability, is a major impediment to decarbonization, conserving natural resources, and ensuring social equity. Therefore, the authors argue, governments should enforce radical, immediate cuts in fossil fuel use, eliminate environmentally harmful subsidies, and restrict trade that generates pollution or unsustainable consumption.

  • @Sanctus@lemmy.world
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    We all know this. We’ve all known this for decades. You can scream it from the roof tops. You can place it on billboards and broadcasting networks. You can write it in the sky itself. None of the owners of capital will ever care. They spent this entire time covering it up. The only way to get it through their skulls at this point is to write it on a bullet.

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    https://academic.oup.com/pnasnexus/article/3/4/pgae106/7638480

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    Human development has ushered in an era of converging crises: climate change, ecological destruction, disease, pollution, and socioeconomic inequality. This review synthesizes the breadth of these interwoven emergencies and underscores the urgent need for comprehensive, integrated action. Propelled by imperialism, extractive capitalism, and a surging population, we are speeding past Earth’s material limits, destroying critical ecosystems, and triggering irreversible changes in biophysical systems that underpin the Holocene climatic stability which fostered human civilization. The consequences of these actions are disproportionately borne by vulnerable populations, further entrenching global inequities. Marine and terrestrial biomes face critical tipping points, while escalating challenges to food and water access foreshadow a bleak outlook for global security. Against this backdrop of Earth at risk, we call for a global response centered on urgent decarbonization, fostering reciprocity with nature, and implementing regenerative practices in natural resource management. We call for the elimination of detrimental subsidies, promotion of equitable human development, and transformative financial support for lower income nations. A critical paradigm shift must occur that replaces exploitative, wealth-oriented capitalism with an economic model that prioritizes sustainability, resilience, and justice. We advocate a global cultural shift that elevates kinship with nature and communal well-being, underpinned by the recognition of Earth’s finite resources and the interconnectedness of its inhabitants. The imperative is clear: to navigate away from this precipice, we must collectively harness political will, economic resources, and societal values to steer toward a future where human progress does not come at the cost of ecological integrity and social equity.

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    210 days ago

    Capitalism won’t allow any change or fix of their actions, and it will kill us all :-(

  • @Manmoth@lemmy.ml
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    -211 days ago

    What is the empirical process these scientists used for determining what the human race collectively ought to do?

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        I threw it in ChatGPT for a summary as a curiosity but I know without reading that the scientists are beyond their qualifications in trying to presuppose why they are seeing what they are seeing and are well beyond in supposing how we could or should solve it. Much less why.

          • @Manmoth@lemmy.ml
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            19 days ago

            Using technology is pathetic

            I’m not defending a thesis. I’m talking to nerds on Lemmy that already have their mind made up about pretty much everything. A summary from ChatGPT is the appropriate time investment.

    • Sims
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      210 days ago

      It’s never nice to discover that what you’ve been told your whole life - was just capitalist propaganda…