The implication for the selfish ghouls among us, who rely on such statements, is that they need not worry because it won't effect them in a substantial way during this lifetime.
But that is not the case, not real, and certainly not a moral or mature approach.
The fact is that millions are dying now:
Human beings are flushing millions of tonnes of solid waste into rivers and oceans every day, poisoning marine life and spreading diseases that kill millions of children annually, the U.N. said on Monday.(Reuters). In the 21st Century where human advancements are bragged about constantly, 1.5 million children in the U.S. are homeless, countless others are sick, and millions more die around the world from the pollution of our "sophisticated society".
"The sheer scale of dirty water means more people now die from contaminated and polluted water than from all forms of violence including wars" ...
It consists mostly of sewage, industrial pollution, pesticides from agriculture and animal waste.
The report said a lack of clean water was killing 1.8 million children under five every year. Much of the waste came from developing countries, which dump 90 percent of their wastewater untreated.
Diarrhoea, mostly from dirty water, kills around 2.2 million people a year, it said, and "over half the world's hospital beds are occupied with people suffering from illnesses linked with contaminated water."
Thousands more die in the U.S. as a result of its "sophisticated" health care system.
Time we woke up from a perverted illusion we have sold ourselves on, and awaken to the real danger of extinction we face as a species.