Humanity has always encountered different disasters or huge proportions, but yet has survived to this day. While flipping through numerous history books, or scrolling down web pages, it is apparent that we have always survived the worst. Whether it pertains to a pandemic or the black plague, we have outlived it.
We outlived the Spanish flu which caused a staggering 20-50 million deaths, more than the deaths caused by WWI. Spanish flu isn’t anything compared to the level of decimation viruses lay down on humanity, but they can’t annihilate.
An average person is 10 times more likely to die to an accident as compared to disease. The threat of climate change, which has already begun will definitely not wipe us off the face of the Earth. The global warming will not burn us per se, but the knock-on effects will definitely impact us. Low-lying nations will be flooded while the Caribbean countries will have to endure tough storms that will ravage them.
There is no doubt that economic disruptions will be severe, but we will still not die out completely as a result. The World Health Organization estimates that between 2030 and 2050, 5 million people will perish due to the consequences of climate change. However, billions of humans will still exist. We will not go extinct; humans will still walk the Earth, probably a lot more than those who already walk the planet today.
Even though we’re trying our hardest, we’re not going to wipe ourselves out.
Let’s talk about a catastrophe of epic proportions, a massive nuclear war, and a nuclear winter. The world’s militaries currently have more than 10,000 nukes at the moment. If diplomacy or common sense go flying out of the window, which is highly unlikely but let’s suppose one fine day, all nuclear powers push their buttons. Let’s further suppose that the bombs are 100% effective (Hiroshima was about 30 percent), killing each and every inhabitant of the targeted cities and its immediate surroundings. The deadliest scenario would be targeting the world’s 10,000 most populous urban areas, which will be utterly obliterated.
A rough estimate would put about 1.6 billion. Even though the deaths would be far more than were people who were alive at the start of the 20th century, while it would still be nothing short of an unprecedented horror. There would still be 6 billion people on the planet, and slowly they will pick up the pieces. They will use the knowledge that built modern society and would continue to survive. We can’t nuke ourselves back to the Stone Age, no matter how apparent it may become.
We humans have survived a lot, and we will continue to do so.
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17 November, 2019