"The truth is: the natural world is changing. And we are totally dependent on that world. It provides our food, water and air. It is the most precious thing we have and we need to defend it." David Attenborough
Humans need to work together to take action to help Earth’s ecosystems stabilize. With the increase of human activity in the industrial era, humans have forgot about the quality of life on the planet, including their own. We cannot wait for others or corporations to make rapid changes that will negatively affect their profits. We each need to do our part to be sustainable in our purchases, activities and lifestyles in our daily lives. We have used our knowledge and become complacent with our practices that have become ways we must change for the betterment of all ecosystems.
Change to the global environment can occur quickly and can sometimes be irreversible when pressures critically exceed thresholds and there is a connection between technology, the interconnectedness of human activity and infrastructure, and a continuous overage in biophysical resources, often known as “tipping points” (Galaz et al, 2016).
Tipping points in our climate has been the result of “corporate industrial waste during a period of rapid economic growth” (Oura et al, 2015). The industrial era which lead to significant levels of greenhouse gas emissions has contributed to global climate change (Oura et al, 2015).
According to Jylha & Akrami (2015), we are aware “human-produced greenhouse gases” have changed the climate but it is suggested it can be mitigated.
Mitigation is critical to prevent irreversible climate damage on humans and ecosystems; however, attempts have not been adequate (Jylha & Akrami, 2015).
One reason is that climate change is “disputed or denied by many” with research suggesting a relationship between “climate change denial and social dominance orientation” (Jylha & Akrami, 2015).
Some personality traits predispose people to an inclination to accept hierarchical group relations (Jylha & Akrami, 2015).
People with low empathy may deny climate change because they are not concerned for people and animals affected by possible negative consequences of climate change, they did not experience themselves (Jylha & Akrami, 2015).
Dominant individuals may deny climate change because they do not want to risk their power position over other people and nature (Jylha & Akrami, 2015).
Nature dominance mediated the effect of empathy only and is a form of dominance that is taken for granted (Jylha & Akrami, 2015).
Social dominance; however, seems to capture both low empathy and dominance (Jylha & Akrami, 2015).
Possibly, mitigation efforts could be framed so that they are perceived to not pose a threat to existing social order and are clearly beneficial for everybody (Jylha & Akrami, 2015).
Sustainable development requires the use of natural resource and pressures on the environment to be separated from economic growth and living standard improvements to avoid demands and impacts surpassing global boundaries (Hatfield-Dodds, et al, 2017).
Improved resource productivity is required to achieve this separation; however, the prospective physical and economic implications are not globally understood well (Hatfield-Dodds, et al, 2017).
The knowledge gap will require well planned policies to reduce global resources (Hatfield-Dodds, et al, 2017).