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Meet other local Humanists, people who believe in the basic goodness of the human spirit without supernaturalism.

The Washington Area Secular Humanists (WASH) was incorporated in 1989 as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational organization in Maryland. Our purpose is to promote scientific literacy and critical thinking, to provide a forum for humanists and others to explore humanist principles and how they relate to all aspects of human experience, and to study the significance of humanism throughout history. Secular humanists are distinguished by an emphasis on scientific methods of knowing, separation of church and state, and a commitment to the pursuit of humanist goals outside religious frameworks.

WASH has 11 active Chapters from Roanoke, VA to Baltimore, MD.

WASH is a Cooperating Local Group of the Council for Secular Humanism, an Chapter of the American Humanist Association, and an affiliate of American Atheists and an endorsing group of The Secular Coalition of America

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Do WE FACE A MASSIVE LOSS OF BIODIVERSITY, AKA THE 6th GREAT Extinction?

WASH member Charles Shore recently posted an article on the environmental ‘EMERGENCY!! Charles has agreed to introduce the topic and issues to kick off a discussion. "I'm neither a climate scientist nor an ecologist, I spent many years of my career in related fields. In retirement, I've been studying ecological principles, and working with people who are fluent in the field. The reason? THE WORST CATASTROPHE WE FACE TODAY IS A MASSIVE LOSS OF BIODIVERSITY, ALSO KNOWN AS THE SIXTH GREAT EXTINCTION. This loss is a root cause of climate change, partially because we have destroyed so much of the habitat that previously sequestered carbon out of the atmosphere. We've also laid down too many impermeable surfaces, such as roads, buildings, and parking lots, which act as heat sinks. A further catastrophic consequence is increased susceptibility to zoonotic diseases, such as COVID-19. When animals, such as the suspected bat that started all this, are crowded because of habitat loss, their immune systems are weakened, making them more likely to contract these infectious pathogens. The species loss that we're experiencing is massive. As many of these species are critical for human survival, we are all in imminent danger. Our freshwater supply, as well as our food stocks, have become severely depleted (as anyone who's visited Giant can attest to). Worse yet, we're just in the early stages of a series of crises that will only accelerate over the coming years. An Australian climate scientist recently predicted that global civilization will collapse within 20 years. Fortunately, there is some hope if large numbers of people act boldly and immediately. One possibility is to turn your lawn into a wildflower plot. Choose flowers, like milkweed, that will attract bees and butterflies, important components of our own food chain. I personally have a rain garden, which collects runoff from roofs, full of pollinating plant species. You can also look into the millions of acres of degraded and abandoned land across the country, and organize efforts to reclaim it for Nature. There are of course a number of other solutions, too many to go into here. I realize that leaving your comfort zone and discarding business-as-usual is difficult, but it's absolutely necessary if you and your children expect to survive the coming years.’ This will be a virtual meeting and people who register here will get a Zoom link.

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