The earth is on the brink of the sixth wave of mass extinction.
“Mass extinction is just one of the interconnected existential threats facing civilization, others are climate change, global poisoning and the renewal of the nuclear arms race,” Erlich said.
Floods, droughts and forest fires caused by climate change can cause catastrophes on the planet, such as large volcanic eruptions or giant asteroids.
“While there is some debate about the causes of the previous five mass exterminations, there is no mention of the reason for the sixth continuing in the world of science – there are too many people and the richest of them consume too much, and all this is complicated by gender, race and economic inequality.” – Erlix added.
The World Wildlife Fund has warned that the world could face the most mass extinction of animals in the next decade after the extinction of dinosaurs. One million species of flora and fauna are said to be on the verge of extinction.
To date, there have been five mass extinctions on Earth. The most famous of these was caused by a giant asteroid that destroyed dinosaurs 66 million years ago. The destruction was historic, as 76 percent of the world’s species became extinct as a result of asteroid impacts and their aftermath.