Face reality, take action.🕊️ @ClimateBen Ben See. Literature Teacher informing pupils of the scientific reality of the Ecological Catastrophe & urging action. See also @urgenceclimatiq & @ClimateHound Aug. 29, 2019 1 min read

Plants are now becoming extinct 500 times faster than the background extinction rate due to ecosystem destruction, invasive diseases, over-harvesting, and climate breakdown.

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Three plant species have gone extinct on Earth every year since 1900.

The alarming extinction rate is very likely an *underestimate* of the actual number of plant species that are extinct or critically endangered.
 https://www.livescience.com/65696-the-plants-are-dying.html 

Plant extinction is bad news for all species, said Dr Eimear Nic Lughadha.

Plant extinctions can lead to a whole cascade of extinctions in other organisms that rely on them, for instance insects that use plants for food and for laying their eggs.

 https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-48584515 

'With habitat loss, climate change and human exploitation, newly-described plants could very well have higher rates of extinction, and some could even disappear before we know they exist.'

 https://www.sciencealert.com/plants-are-going-extinct-at-least-500-times-faster-than-they-would-if-humans-weren-t-around 

'They provide the oxygen we breathe and the food we eat, as well as making up the backbone of the world’s ecosystems – so plant extinction is bad news for all species'.
 https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/plants-extinction-rate-life-earth-climate-kew-gardens-science-a8953831.html 

Absolute extinction only tells part of the story of what’s happening to nature right now. There’s a trove of plant species that are functionally extinct, meaning only a few hundred specimens remain, putting the species as a whole on course for annihilation. https://earther.gizmodo.com/we-ve-driven-nearly-600-plant-species-to-extinction-al-1835411746 

Scientists have made it pretty clear: 'overconsumption is the root cause of the destruction of nature, leading to rainforests being clearcut and rising carbon emissions'.

Overconsumption by a wealthy minority, in an economic system based on overconsumption by a wealthy minority.


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