Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Act, before it?s too late


The other night I attended a lecture that focused on the subject of preservation of the Earth’s environment. It covered the critical state of the Earth’s ecology, global warming, the depletion of the Earth’s resources and the pollution of the Earth’s atmosphere and oceans. The talk touched on AI Gore’s “An inconvenient truth,” (global warming) and other sources of information on the subject. There have been many possible solutions proposed, from alternative fuels, recycling, hybrid cars and banning toxic chemicals, to the banning of aerosol and somehow preserving the polar ice caps, all of which are the symptoms of a larger problem.
It would seem to me that all of the proposed actions serve only to draw attention away from the obvious. A more dramatic and more direct approach is needed. When I was a young boy I remember in school being told that the world’s population was somewhere in the neighborhood of 3 billion. Now, some 45 years later, I am told that the population has exploded to nearly double that. If that is true, where will it be in another 45 years? Hybrid cars and recycling are too little, too late and serve only to circumvent the true problem. The planet cannot sustain this number of humans and this rate of consumption. To consider the aforementioned proposals is to ignore the unavoidable solution.
To address the cause, the Earth’s population must be controlled. This can happen in a number of ways. 1) Mother Nature can do this for us in the form of a worldwide pandemic; 2) it can happen through nuclear holocaust; or 3) we can take the situation in hand ourselves and reduce the population by limiting the number of births per family to one. After a time, the world population would gradually decrease to a point where the planet can keep up with our rate of consumption. Unfortunately, human nature would dictate that nothing will be done until the stark reality is right there before us, in which case it may then be too late, if it is not already. What needs to be done is, as with any illness, to treat the cause, not the symptom.

Steve Tompkins


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