On the Year ZERO Calculations

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The only thing we have to fear is fear itself
— Franklin Delano Roosevelt

It is undisputed that humans killed 60% of wild animals from the pre-historic era to 1970. We killed another 52% from 1970 to 2010. That percentage increased to 58% from 1970 to 2012. At that rate of killing, in this system and culture of normalized violence, we are on track to kill off virtually 100% of all wild animals by 2026, especially as multinational corporations deploy big data software technologies to continue with their mindless killing for short term profits. All of these statistics were corroborated in a massive independent study that found 83% of wild mammals were killed between the pre-historic era and the present time. The two independent kill counts check out mathematically:

(1-0.6) * (1-0.58) = 0.4*0.42 = 0.168 = (1-0.83)

The Year ZERO theory or rather, calculations, are simple statistical extrapolations based on the available data. The relevant reports are below:

For the kill statistics from the pre-historic era to 1970:
http://www.pnas.org/content/105/Supplement_1/11543

For the kill statistics from 1970 to 2010:
https://www.worldwildlife.org/.../living-planet-report-2014

For the kill statistics from 1970 to 2012:
https://www.worldwildlife.org/.../living-planet-report-2016

For the combined kill statistics on wild mammals:
http://www.pnas.org/content/115/25/6506

Please read these scientific reports, weep, wipe your tears and then join us to work on solving this existential crisis. There is no question that this Titanic of our global civilization, based on normalized violence, is sinking. The refugees from the lower decks are already arriving on our borders and how long can we cage their kids in concentration camps in the Texas desert, while throwing cocktail parties on the upper decks of this Titanic, as we plan our future Mediterranean cruises?

This is not the time for cherry-picking statistics so that we can continue with our selfishness, greed and apathy, the three major environmental problems that Gus Speth identified. Instead, please join us at the Vegan World 2026! Conference and let us get to work manning the life boats, saving as many wild animals as possible, while this Titanic of a global civilization sinks. As we state in our "Awakening to Survival : 2026" declaration, the least that any responsible NGO can do is to adopt a public Vegan policy. When our mindless killing is causing us ALL to die, shouldn’t we stop the killing first? Please note that every time you order a cheese pizza, you are ordering a hit on wild animals, not just on the poor cow that you are exploiting!

Why is this even controversial?

I especially call on the Climate Reality Project, NRDC, 350.org, Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund (for Heaven's sake!) to adopt a public Vegan policy without any further delay.

Please find the courage to join the right side of history!

Sailesh Rao

Dr. Sailesh Rao is an Electrical Engineer, systems specialist, Climate Healer, author of "Carbon Dharma: The Occupation of Butterflies" and "Carbon Yoga: The Vegan Metamorphosis", and Executive Producer of "The Human Experiment", "Cowspiracy," "What The Health” and “A Prayer for Compassion.