The Hague, 18-19 April 2018
Have humans begun to dig their own grave? Ecosystems vital to sustain life are depleted and altered, the climate is changing rapidly and the earth is increasingly signalling SOS in the form of rising temperatures – the planet has fever! – droughts, sea level rise, loss of fertile land , loss of fauna and flora both on land and in the oceans. – The 6th mass extinction is underway and the insects, vital for the web of life, are suddenly disappearing in large numbers.
A thorough diagnosis of what is going on and a well-considered prognosis of where it is leading – essential to come to an effective therapy of patient Earth – were presented by top scientists at the SOS Symposium on 18 and 19 April 2018 at the National Educational Museum, the MUSEON, in The Hague, Netherlands.
They– the “internists” – have given their analysis of the situation now and in the future, giving guidance to those working in politics, policy, law, education, engineering, industry, agriculture and business – the “surgeons” – and to us all as consumers, citizens, parents and students on what to do in practice.
The symposium provided scientific contours of a road-map to protect and restore the health of the planet, also from a security perspective to provide peace and stability for the long-term.