So… according to “Science”, a million species are going to become extinct in the next x years, Unless We Do Something About It.
There’s a word that describes sweeping statements like this. What is it? Ummm, nearly there, tip o’ my tongue… oh, that’s right: it’s bullshit. Let’s look at some of the numbers, courtesy of Mr. Jack Hellner:
Faunalytics, a group that helps save endangered animals, has only 3,000 animals on its endangered species list, so there’s reason to ask questions. Start with this: where does the one million number come from?
The public has repeatedly been told that humans are causing thousands of animals to go extinct each year, yet a study by National Autonomous University of Mexico in 2015 found only 477 identified species that have gone extinct since 1900, or around four per year.
There’s a lot more at the link; go and see some even greater lies.
Here’s the takeaway, though: every time — I mean every single time — that some organization starts screaming hysterically that We’re All Gonna DIIIIEEEEEE!!! Unless We Do Something NOW ! (and usually that “something” will be against our best interests, by the way), we should pull out our whips (both literal and metaphorical) and start beating these assholes like a dirty carpet.
And if those doomsayers are from any U.N.-related organizations, we should substitute spiked clubs* for whips.
*Waddya mean, you don’t have a spiked club? Sheesh, do I have to do everything around here?