Unless you've been living under a rock, you'll probably know that our planet isn't in good shape. In fact, experts have said that global warming is now happening at an "unprecedented" scale, with many claiming that human civilization may come to a screeching halt within just 3 decades.
With the conversation around climate change growing, both activists and scientists have been very vocal about ways in which we can reduce global warming. For example, reducing meat consumption, stop buying into fast fashion, reduce plastic waste... all completely feasible and credible ways to make minor changes for the sake of our planet.
But one scientist has come up with a bizarre and damn right disturbing way to combat climate change - and it involves eating human flesh.
We all know that climate change is a probing and urgent issue, but we somehow that feel cannibalism isn't the answer... keep scrolling to find out his reasoning behind his bonkers theory.
We are in the midst of a climate change crisis.
via: ShutterstockThe devastating impacts of global warming and our consistent inability to do anything about it is sending our planet down a very bleak path.
From soaring temperatures to rising sea levels, global warming seems to be hitting the headlines more than ever.
via: ShutterstockIn the wake of extreme weather conditions and natural disasters last year, The UN warned that we have just twelve years to limit climate change and prevent global warming from exceeding the maximum of 1.5C.
Despite stark warnings, many people seem to bury their heads in the sand on the issue.
via: Getty ImagesWorryingly, our very own president, Donald Trump, is one of those people, who continually deny that global warming is even a thing in the first place. And, if this is what our political leaders believe, then what chance do we have?
He's not the only one who denies its existence.
via: Getty ImagesSeveral "climate deniers" believe that the rapid rising temperatures is simply a result of the earth's "natural cycle," just like the ice age. Although this has since been proven wrong after experts established that the climate change that we are experiencing is on a scale that far exceeds temperature fluctuations during the last 2 millennia.
The issue only seems to be escalating.
via: Getty ImagesIf the future of our planet wasn't looking bleak enough, experts have now shattered the "we've got twelve years left" to act theory, claiming that political steps to enable the cuts in carbon need to take place before the end of next year, otherwise we will be in a very dire situation.
There is some hope, though...
via: Getty ImagesJust because many of the world's political leaders are failing to recognize the significance of the climate change crisis, it doesn't mean that other people aren't. In fact, there's a huge number of climate change activists who have been taking the world by storm, aiming to widen the conversation surrounding global warming and offer ways in which we can make a difference for the sake of our planet.
One of those people is sixteen-year-old Greta Thunberg, a pioneering climate change activist.
Thank you GQ Magazine for the Game Changer Of The Year - award! #fridaysforfuture #climatestrike… https://t.co/6IR7jTVYP7— Greta Thunberg (@Greta Thunberg)1565716879.0
More people may be listening, but things still need to change.
Facts are facts. #ClimateCrisis https://t.co/iOpl5smiGn— House Democrats (@House Democrats)1567878960.0
While much of the fate of the planet lies in the hands of politics, many climate change activists believe that, as individuals, we can still make a change.
via: Getty ImagesThere are many reasons attributing to climate change, with fast-fashion and agriculture being the main 2 culprits that are having the biggest effect on the planet.
But there are ways in which we can make small changes.
via: Getty ImagesFor example, since the increased media coverage on the issue of the fast-fashion industry, and the detrimental contribution it has to climate change, it seems logical to be selective about where and how often we buy clothes. Aka buying second hand, from sustainable brands, or just not as often.
Reducing meat consumption is also a big one...
via: Getty ImagesWhen Cowspiracy aired on Netflix in 2015, it was the first time the world was introduced to the idea that the meat and dairy industries were really bad for the environment. So, naturally, in the wake of the so-called climate crisis, people are being urged to go vegan, or if that's too much, going vegetarian, or simply just reducing meat consumption, in particular, red meat.
But one scientist has a rather, well, disturbing theory about how we can save the planet.
via: Getty ImagesWhile it's amazing that so many scientists, experts, and activists alike are coming together to think of ways to tackle the issue, this scientist's idea is damn right bizarre and well, let's just say harder to get on board with.
Professor Magnus Soderlund put forward his controversial proposal on Swedish TV.
via: LadbibleThe behavioral scientist from The Stockholm School of Economics argued that cannibalism could help combat climate change. Yep, you read that correctly. It sounds like satire but, sadly, it isn't...
His theory goes with the logic (we use that term loosely) that eating human flesh would be more sustainable.
via: YouTubeSoderlund claims that eating human flesh could be a sustainable alternative to meat or dairy, and would thus help to save the planet.
He thinks that people will warm up to the idea...
via: YouTubeDuring his talk, the behavioral scientist claimed that people could be "tricked" into "making the right decisions" and "awakening to the idea," according to The Epoch Times.
To test the waters on his idea, he asked the audience if they would be open to eating human flesh.
via: Getty ImagesUnsurprisingly, the vast majority of people were not overly enamored with the concept, but, worryingly, the scientists said 8 percent of people were open to the idea of trying human meat. Okay, who were those people who said they'd give cannibalism a go? Seriously.
It gets much worse...When asked whether he would eat human meat himself, the professor told Sweden's TV4: "I feel somewhat hesitant but to not appear overly conservative... I'd have to say... I'd be open to at least tasting it."
You're probably thinking that Professor Soderlund is suggesting that we go on a killing spree.
via: YouTubeAnd, let's be honest, we wouldn't blame you for assuming that. But he is referring to the flesh of people who are already dead and isn't advocating turning to cold-blooded murder.
Although we doubt that his recommendation will gather momentum.
via: Getty ImagesSomehow, cannibalism doesn't sound like the answer. Not to mention that, for the record, eating human flesh has been known to pose major health risks, in particular, blood-borne diseases such as hepatitis and ebola... just in case you were considering Soderlund's theory.
For now, climate change remains a huge international issue.
via: Getty ImagesAway from Soderlund's wacky recommendation, it's clear that more still needs to be done to save the planet. And if this article has got you in the mood to make a change, we've got you covered as we've listed fifty ways in which you can help save the planet. A small change can make a huge difference, keep scrolling to see what you can do.