Doomsday professor: WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE BY 2040 (from global warming)

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Well, humans of the world, your species has enjoyed a nice run but it’s all going to be over within 30 years.

In a speech last week at the University of Colorado Boulder Guy McPherson, professor emeritus at the University of Arizona, said humans are “about as special as bacteria,” reports The College Fix. He forecasted the demise of human civilization and, in fact, most human beings by 2040.

The professor was speaking to a crowd of about 80 people. The CU Environmental Center, which is funded by mandatory student fees, co-sponsored the talk. As the Daily Caller News Foundation reported in September, McPherson regularly prophesies doom for all earthlings. (Related: Univ. of Colorado asks, Is human extinction nigh?)

The dour guest professor’s speech did not disappoint his gloomy acolytes. McPherson blamed massive, rapid climate change for the impending doom of the planet and the human species. The underlying causes of warming are oil drilling, which produces too much methane, and the burning of huge amounts of fossil fuels.

“Warming of the planet will remove habitat,” he predicted, “Without plankton in the ocean, there goes half of the food supply.”

Citing a 2012 report on climate change, McPherson counseled: “Global warming is unavoidable unless there is massive geo-engineering.”

“There are 12 self-reinforcing feedback loops in 2013 and acceleration is fully underway,” McPherson said, according to The Fix. “In 2040, there will be little to no humans.”

The warming prophet also proclaimed that humans must reject materialism and wealth. Instead, he said, people should model their lives after the Greek philosopher Socrates—just like he claims to be doing except, of course, when he rambles around the country giving speeches.

The University of Colorado’s website suggests that McPherson takes regular junkets around the country telling people that the use of fossil fuels is rapidly leading to human extinction. He speaks on topics “such as authenticity, Socratic lives of excellence, and the role and responsibility of our species in the world.”

It’s unclear how McPherson traveled from somewhere in New Mexico, where he apparently homesteads, to Boulder—or what kind of carbon footprint he left in the process. Boulder is about 500 miles from Albuquerque, the biggest city in New Mexico. McPherson also has an office in Tucson, according to the University of Arizona.

McPherson seems to travel from his homestead quite a bit. According to his website, McPherson recently appeared in the Fresno, Calif. area, roughly 900 miles from Albuquerque.

Over Memorial Day, McPherson apparently trekked to Pennsylvania to speak at a conference.

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