Podcast – 3.研究者は恐ろしい将来が来ると注意する Scientists warn of ghastly future




The planet is facing a “ghastly future of mass extinction, declining health and climate-disruption upheavals” that threaten human survival because of ignorance and inaction according to an international group of scientists, who warn people still haven’t grasped the urgency of the biodiversity and climate crises.

“The scale of the threats to the biosphere and all its lifeforms – including humanity – is in fact so great that it is difficult to grasp for even well-informed experts,”

The report warns that climate-induced mass migrations, more pandemics and conflicts over resources will be inevitable unless urgent action is taken.

Dealing with the enormity of the problem requires far-reaching遠大な changes to global capitalism, education and equality:

abolishing the idea of perpetual economic growth,

properly pricing environmental externalities 転嫁,

stopping the use of fossil fuels,

reining in (手綱を引いて)歩調をゆるめる、(…)制御する、抑制するcorporate lobbying (院外の)議案通過運動(をすること)、陳情運動(をすること)

and empowering women, 権限を与える

“Environmental deterioration is infinitely more threatening to civilisation than Trumpism or Covid-19, – Growthmania is the fatal disease of civilisation – it must be replaced by campaigns that make equity and well-being society’s goals – not consuming more junk.”

we need much more than individual actions like using less plastic, eating less meat, or flying less – we need big systematic changes and fast


勝手に一コメントをいわせていただければ・・・ If I can briefly offer my own thoughts on this…

I think people forget what the word “unsustainable” really means, it means “cannot continue”, and another way of saying that is IT WILL END. The only question is how – will we end it ourselves, or will nature end it for us?


But it IS difficult to understand, and to deal with – I find myself assuming that the life I have now will basically continue…..

皆さん、いかがでしょうか?What do YOU think?

What understanding do you have of the nature of the threat? Do you feel your life as it is can continue?

What changes do you think we need to make?