Episode 74 - Eco-lapse

The IPBES Global Assessment summary is out and we're digging in to all 39 pages this week. The report lays out a grim picture of our current world in terms of life on earth, the ecosystems they create, and our relationship with them that our civilization as we know it depends upon. While not the full 1500+ page report due out later this year, this study is perhaps the most important look at the state of our world that we've ever seen - and if we don't act quickly to fix the problems it so clearly exposes, then nothing less than very the future of humanity may be at risk.

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  • 4:07 "The IPBES report findings on biodiversity, ecosystem services, agriculture, and more"
  • 30:23 Indigenous and Marginalized People
  • 54:02 What Can We Do?

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Listener Comments

I know you know this, but just to point out a mis-speak during your summary of the stats, regarding population explosion and per-capita consumption : "each and every one of us is consuming more than in the past." That's of course true on average, but obscures the fact that some people are consuming no more than before, while some populations are gluttonous.


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Published 16-05-2019 17:59