He’s been called a doomsdayer and worse for good reason: He’s the guy who says all humans will be dead in 10 years.
And since his arrival in New Zealand for a Hamilton talk about the end of the human species, climate change specialist Guy McPherson has seen hate mail pour into his inbox.
But his response is that the Earth’s fate is our fate and we need to accept that.
“There has never been a case like this where you have avoided your own personal dying, but I am open to miracles,” McPherson said.
The hate mail goes with the territory, though, particularly when you add a 10-year time frame to the discussion.
That’s right. The University of Arizona emeritus professor says in 10 years, humans will cease to exist. Abrupt rises in temperature have us on course for the sixth mass extinction – similar to one that happened about 252 million years ago that culminated in the “great dying”.
That event was the worst of the mass extinction events in our planet’s history and saw all complex life cease, leaving microbes and fungi to rule the planet.
“I think we are heading for something like that this time around, too,” McPherson said.
“I just don’t see how very complex, very complicated organisms that depend upon so many other species, such as humans, I just don’t see how we get through that.”
So far, responses in New Zealand have ranged from anger to acceptance.
Oh really? No early deaths from laughter induced aneurysms?
Here’s my personal challenge to Guy McPherson: I bet you $1,000,000 that I will still be alive in ten years.
Somehow I don’t think he’ll take that bet. If he’s right, he won’t be around to accept the money, nor will I be around to pay it.
Seriously, why bother saving for retirement? Why bother paying off a mortgage? Why bother having any children?
And most importantly, why isn’t Guy living a completely hedonistic life to prove that he really believes his own lies?
Yeah, thought not.
– Elton Rikihana Smallman, Stuff