Over the past two decades experts have been sounding the alarm, repeatedly emphasizing the increased frequency and size of natural disasters is in direct correlation to global climate change, which can no longer be denied or ignored. On Monday, the United Nations said Earth will become an ‘uninhabitable hell’ if nations fail to take direct and immediate measures to mitigate the heightening crises.
From 2000 through 2019, the world experienced 7,348 natural disasters which took the lives of a staggering 1.23 million people and affected over 4 billion – more than half of the world’s total population. Earthquakes, tsunami’s, hurricanes and wildfires resulted in $3 trillion in economic loss prior to the global pandemic, according to data released by the UNDRR (United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction).
The coronavirus pandemic, which has infected almost 40 million people worldwide and taken 1 million lives, is a leading example of many nations failing to heed warnings from experts to prevent a “wave of death.” Researchers have repeatedly stated our world is nearing an impasse and, if global climate change is not directly addressed in the immediate sense, we face an unimaginable future. If politicians and business leaders continue to ignore repeated warnings both from experts and Mother Nature herself, we will indeed pass the point of no return.
Ann Sullivan is a contributing staff writer covering national and world news topics. She brings dedicated experience having written international and domestic news, blogs, and web content for over 20 years. She’s also a published poet and graphic designer with degrees in Business and Graphic Communications and has been a music distributor, music industry sponsorship sales director and band manager.