The Number One Issue Facing Humanity

by Mark Elsis
and the staff of LOVEARTH®.net

At Our Current Rate
Of Mass Species Extinctions
Due To Rainforests Destruction
Omega Point For Homo Sapiens
 Will Occur Between 2012 - 2016

This we know:
The earth does not belong to man,
man belongs to the earth.
All things are connected
like the blood that unites us all.
Man did not weave the web of life,
he is merely a strand in it.
Whatever he does to the web,
he does to himself.

Chief Seattle

Dear Citizen of Earth             November 1, 1999

The most important piece of Rainforests Destruction information to understand is this:
If no action is taken, between 2012 and 2016 the land area of virgin Rainforests will go below the critical built-in natural safeguard threshold providence of 10% virgin Rainforests area with its 50% species remaining.

This issue of Rainforests destruction and mass species extinctions is the # 1 issue facing humanity. We may have as little as 5 years to create the awareness to completely stop Rainforests destruction before this momentum brings us through our Omega Point.

LOVEARTH was formed 11 years ago with the intent to bring awareness to the devastating effects which humanity is inflicting on our beautiful planet. The 6 billion people now living on Earth are already far beyond its carrying capacity.

Our reckless expansion into wilderness areas is causing countless atrocities to all life sustaining ecosystems. The virgin Rainforests are home to 61.8% of all the biological diversity on Earth. In this, the richest environment for life, we are destroying a land area which is equivalent to the size of the city of Tokyo Japan ( 240 square miles ) every day. This equals 6417 acres per hour, 107 acres per minute or 1.78 acres per second.

This destruction of virgin Rainforests land area causes somewhere between 93 and 1609 Rainforests species extinctions per day. The wide disparity of these species extinction numbers is because of 4 variables the best scientific consensus has yet to agree upon.

We believe, based on the Fibonacci series of numbers which are found throughout nature, that there are approximately 560 Rainforests species extinctions per day. This equals one Rainforests species extinction every 2 minutes and 33 seconds.

We are but a strand in the fabric of life, all intricately interdependent on one another. And yet here we are, in the mere geological blink of an eye, eroding the very foundation of our own existence with mass species extinctions. This 6th great mass extinction period on Earth that we are insanely causing by the suicidal annihilation of the Web of Life, will very soon bring about our own extinction.

In 1992 some 1,700 of the world's leading scientists, including the majority of the most intellectually elite people on Earth, the living Nobel Laureates in the Sciences, signed the document World Scientists' Warning To Humanity. It states, "Human beings and the natural world are on a collision course. Human activities inflict harsh and often irreversible damage on the environment and on critical resources... and may so alter the living world that it will be unable to sustain life in the manner that we know."

The Omega Point is the point in time, when all of the devastation we have inflicted over the years to our life support ecosystems finally becomes too much and they irreversibly fail, no longer able to sustain Homo Sapiens. What this translates into for our future generations is an ever increasingly nightmarish slippery slope to extinction.

If we are going to survive, it is imperative that we change our ways completely and change them right now. As Albert Einstein said, "We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive."

Researchers at Oregon State University and other agencies have published a new report in the journal Science outlining the risks facing the Brazilian Amazon Rainforests during the next 20 years.

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Some of the types of aggressive deforestation done in recent years in Brazil in the name of economic development.

The current level of forest cover now remaining in the Brazilian Amazon.


The study concluded provides an "optimistic" and "non-optimistic" scenario that predicts Brazilian Rainforests degradation by 2020.

In these images, black is heavily degraded, including savannas and other non-forested areas; while red is moderately degraded; yellow is lightly degraded; and green is pristine. Under the non-optimistic scenario, which is the current path we are on, there will only be 5% virgin rainforests remaining by 2020. By 2013 we will break through the critical built in barrier of mother nature, the 10% virgin rainforests land area and 50% species safeguard threshold providence.

Part I - continued

Part I: Rainforests Biodiversity
Part II: Scale of Destruction
Part III: Rainforests Solutions
Part IV: Top 10 Things to Do

Rainforests Biodiversity Scale Of Destruction
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