If there is any report on any religion-based subject, it is bound to create ripples. This is why people reacted to the Pew research report on the status of religion in 2050. But do you know that by that time you may not have the Earth to profess you religion?
Do you know the pathetic condition of our planet? No, you don’t need to read over pages after pages of reports or scan (sometimes inexplicable) graphs loaded with data about our dying planet. They say a picture tells a thousand stories, and a look at these images is enough to affirm that saying.
Here is why by 2050 our planet may be as good as dead.
1. This picture is from British Columbia in Canada and, as you can see, an entire mountain has been shaved off of trees as if it needed a mohawk.
2. And this picture of deforestation is from Brazil where forests are being cleared for animal farming.
3. This one is from Finland.
4. Animal agriculture is the single biggest contributor to environmental degradation with 18 per cent of all greenhouse gas emissions.
5. Deforestation paves way for farms that produce only one kind of crop that are the first to fall before an unpredictable nature. This picture is of such a farm in China.
6. Cutting off forests for industrial expansion has almost wiped out what was once the Willamette National Forest in Oregon.
7. Alberta tar sands is a classic example of how humans have accelerated the death of Earth.
This place was once a boreal forest; it now produces one of the dirtiest forms of oil, destroying both land and water.
8. Speaking of energy, Kern River Oil Field in California gives an impression that the world we saw in ‘Terminator Salvation’ actually exists.
9. Now those deforested lands give rise to cramped housing complexes such as the Kowloon Walled City in Hong Kong (before it was demolished)…
…this urban sprawl in Mexico City…
…and in Haiti, which looks like ants have taken over a mountain.
10. Then follows water pollution, as can be seen here in this picture of the Yangtze river in the Chongqing, China, which turned red because some dolt illegally dumped artificial colouring substance into it.
11. We have polluted our seas to such a level that instead of fishes, junk accompanies the waves we surf on.
12. As if that was not enough, we have a constant threat to the environment from elite corporations.
British Petroleum tried to hide the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill and destroyed evidences against them, and they were mildly penalized.
13. The death of fishes from such a wanton destruction of water is evident.
14. And so is the death of birds, as you can from the contents that the insides of this dead bird reveal.
15. And do we even need to mention Aral Sea – the biggest man-made ecological disaster of all time?
15. Very soon the mountains, the seas and the forests will be replaced by these:
A hill of oil filters,
A forest of junkyard,
A sea of cellphones,
and, a mountain of cellphone chargers.
While India, US and other countries continue to debate on climate change and environmental concerns, I fear the dystopian world that we saw in ‘Wall E’ is not too far away.