Firstly, the environment is being damaged at unsustainable rate.
- Humans are overpopulated, acting like a cancer for the planet.
- Short-term incentives of governance lead to unsustainable environmental damage.
- Earth won’t have the resources to support all of us in the future.
Secondly, the probability of an unprecedented global catastrophe keeps growing
We are not prepared for a global disaster. We might only have a short notice1 so preparing when we the threat is imminent will be too late.
- For example, a war can start any time – Pearl Harbor was also not announced. Terrorists can strike anytime – we were not expecting 9/11 either. Global crisis can come as abruptly and unexpectedly as the one in 2008. A deadly meteor can appear with only two weeks notice – even with current technology we can’t monitor all space objects large like the one that eliminated dinosaurs until they come relatively close to Earth. Virus can mutate and start spreading as abruptly as SARS or swine flu did. ↩