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Everything wrong with inauthentic environmental messaging in three quotes.

1. Struggling to stay on the awkward ecosystem services message, #IPBES chairman dismisses pending extinction of a million species as a side issue to human wellbeing.
I don't believe for a second that Watson actually thinks this. This disaster of a quote is the result of trying to "message" the mass extinction crisis via an ill-fitting, consultant-designed ecosystem services framework instead of authentically speaking from actual lived values.
Pivoting from long devastating summary of destruction of life on Earth to assertion that real issue is human well-being/wealth, is hard. Watson flubs it terribly.

Hard, because few people on God's green earth think mass extinction is not an existential, ethical crisis in itself.
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Has a 10-fold increase in trade increased energy & material demand?

If we did not trade, it is quite possible that environmental impacts would be worse. No trade may lead to inefficient domestic resource extraction (food) & greatly limit technology.

If we did not trade, we would not have rapid price declines in solar or the emergence of electric vehicles. We would probably drive inefficient fuel guzzling 1970 style cars. We would probably have much more inefficient food production, causing biodiversity loss. 2/
That is not to say trade has no impact, but trade is probably an important part of the "solution" particularly related to technological transfer & development. North Korea has very limited trade, & that probably serves as a good (extreme) example of the alternative. 3/
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The biggest and worst news humanity has ever received - the collapse of life on Earth - was revealed by the #IPBES report yesterday. Only two UK newspapers (Guardian and Independent) carried it on their front pages. As for the rest ... you've guessed it. Thread/
That hotbed of republicanism, the "leftwing" Mirror:
The IPBES revelations didn't even make the also-rans at the bottom of the Telegraph's front page
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SCOOP 🚨 @AFP has obtained a draft copy of a forthcoming landmark UN report on #biodiversity

It paints a devastating picture:

- 1 million species face extinction risk
- 75% of land, 40% oceans severely degraded
- 80% rise in resource use in three decades…
- 75% of fish stocks over fished or fished to their limits
- Pesticide use doubled in just 13 yrs
- 400 million tonnes of toxic waste dumped into freshwater each year
- 60 billion tonnes extracted from nature each year
#IPBES #biodiversity
- In rich nations protein consumption rose 50% since 1960
- 40% of world lacks access to clean drinking water
- Rich nations use 4x resource per had than poor ones
#IPBES #environment
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