Six reasons you need to care about human extinction

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Extinctions were a popular topic at the Smithsonian conference in early December The first time I heard about scientists saying the Earth is in danger of global extinction,…

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Extinctions were a popular topic at the Smithsonian conference in early December

The first time I heard about scientists saying the Earth is in danger of global extinction, I responded with a wry “Oh right, what was the last extinction?”

But when it was confirmed, in May 2018 by a United Nations panel, the possibility of a sixth great extinction shocked and angered me.

I was also infuriated at the failure of my own government to take a strong stance against human causes of biodiversity loss.

So, I’ve put together an edited transcript of a New Year’s Eve “reading list” I’ve compiled for environmentalists and policy makers.

The Big Ones

These are some of the more ambitious initiatives underway to prevent an end to the human race on this planet.

Amazon India Green Pay: The Amazon setting global standards for environmental sanitation

The Amazon setting global standards for environmental sanitation Plastic Valley Project: Planting trees in a move to protect the Brazilian rainforest

Planting trees in a move to protect the Brazilian rainforest Author Initiative: Developing more indigenous-led and community-sourced family planning programmes

Developing more indigenous-led and community-sourced family planning programmes Why What They Do Matters (All People), Causa Legala internação: Advancing gender equality in Latin America

Vision of a Planet – Preservation and Sustainability (Massif Durability) by Nicholas Reid, School of Geography, University of Sydney: The science behind migration, which you can listen to here

– Preservation and Sustainability (Massif Durability) by Nicholas Reid, School of Geography, University of Sydney: The science behind migration, which you can listen to here The Case for Conservation International (CEI) by Anthony Adair, Carbon Economics Limited, on behalf of CEI: The case for conservation against climate change in international negotiations

By Alexandra Lam

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