Why Do We Find It Necessary to Rank Threats to the Planet Against One Another?
Two concepts that are well familiar to anyone keeping up with environmental issues are climate change and plastic pollution. Up until recently, these two threats to environmental and community health have coexisted peacefully beside one another. That isn’t the case anymore.
Consider a published paper with this line, front and center, as a highlight of the paper itself. “Plastic is not as great a threat to oceans as climate change or overfishing”1.
It seems as if we are now at the point where we find it necessary to rank threats to the planet against one another. Is this the proper path forward to advance science towards a healthier planet? No. In fact, this type of thinking may do more harm than good. Let me explain.