Part 2: Does the rest of life on Earth matter? Not to humans. Impacts of destructive population momentum,
why the silence on population? The great
Have you ever seen the Great Pacific Garbage
Patch? It encompasses a floating island
of plastic debris out in the Pacific Ocean the size of Texas, about 60 to 90
feet thick, 1,000 miles off San Francisco. It kills millions of marine
creatures and avian life in our oceans across the world annually. Over 46,000 pieces of plastic float on every
square mile of Earth’s oceans. (Source:
Whitty) Humans created it, but humans
refuse to enact simple 10 cent deposit-return laws to stop it. Some estimates show humans tossing 2.5
million more plastic containers into the world’s oceans every hour.
Such a gross contamination of the oceans continues
unabated because humans refuse to clean up after themselves. It brings the question: does any of the other
life on Earth matter to human beings?
In the end, do we even care about our own species
as we explode our numbers across the planet?
Even as 10 million children starve to death annually around the world,
we gallop recklessly forward to adding 3.1 billion of ourselves within 38
years. (Source: World Health Organization)
Reid Westland said, “There are some really unbelievable temperatures and fires
in Australia with no let up in sight. Yet, no direct talk about global
warming and no word on human numbers and behaviors contributing to
it. We are going to have to be struck solidly between the eyes
before any real concerted action is taken. Can you imagine the unrest
when wheat hits $10.00 a bushel and corn holds a similar high, not to mention
soybeans at $18.00 a bushel? Egypt is a hell hole now and they can't feed
themselves. How are they going to buy food? On credit! If
there is insufficient grain and credit dries up, they will consume what little
is left of the "natural world". From 10 million elephants in
1900 to less than 470,000 in 2013, can you imagine as we eat and carve up the
last of them for trinkets? We are at war with global warming and the
enemy is us! We just refuse to face up to our actions and
profligate numbers. We are at war with the natural world to keep our
numbers growing! Wolves, grizzlies, mountain lions, deer, moose, elk and
big horn sheep have lived in a dynamic state of equilibrium for eons. The
great jungles and Serengeti's of the earth weren't denuded by any creature but
In Life on the Brink: Environmentalists
Confront Overpopulation by Professor Philip Cafaro of Colorado State
University and Professor Eileen Crist of Virginia Tech, we find the top authors
and scientists in the world attempting to alert humanity to its impending
future viability on this planet.
we humans lack the common sense of a Canadian goose. We fail to act on our present realities of
pollution, poisons, cancers, scarce water supplies and dwindling energy sources
on our breakneck race to add another 1.1 billion of ourselves every 12 years.
“At this point, it’s almost
certainly too late to manage a transition to sustainability on a global or
national scale, even if the political will to attempt it existed, which it
clearly does not. Our civilization is in the early stages of the same curve of
decline and fall as so many others have followed before it. What likely
lies in wait for us is a long, uneven decline into a new Dark Age from
which, centuries from now, the civilizations of the future will gradually
That quote does not warrant manifestation if we
take action in 2013. It will certainly
manifest if we fail to act.
Crist and Cafaro said, “The explosion of humanity
has decimated many animal and plant populations, extinguished species and
sub-species, and caused collapsing ecologies and the shrinking and
fragmentation of wild places. Ocean life
has been reduced to food and by-catch; rainforests razed for meat and soybeans,
boreal forests cut down for wood, mountains detonated for coals and natural gas
and grasslands overgrazed and converted strictly into human breadbaskets while
freshwaters are dammed, dumped into,
overfished and channelized.”
All of these actions destroy animal habitat and
reduce wildlife to penury on a scale that few understand or see. Both authors submit that humanity must change
course and make radical changes in the human population equation.
Cafaro and Crist said, “We have to make revolutionary
changes in how we live on Earth—including limiting how many of us inhabit it.”
Less than 150 years ago, we humans counted a total
of 1.5 billion of our numbers. Today, at 7.1 billion and adding 80 million net
gain annually, 1 billion every 12 years—none of the other creatures on this
planet stand a chance as we devour everything in sight—water, energy, land,
food, resources and more.
Our greatest challenge stems from the fact that
most of us cannot and do not “see” what damage we wreck upon the Earth. Not 1 percent of humanity has seen or knows
about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Not 1 percent of humanity knows that human encroachment on habitat
causes the extinction of 80 to 100 creatures daily in 2013 and that’s been
proceeding for over 30 years as our numbers explode. Not 1 percent of humanity
is doing anything about it.
This book will bring it home to you. It will prove one of the most important books
of the 21st century. Let’s
learn and let’s change course.
poured our poisons into the world as though it were a bottomless pit…and we go
on gobbling them up. It's hard to imagine how the world could survive another
century of this abuse, but nobody's really doing anything about it. It's a
problem our children will have to solve, or their children.” Daniel Quinn
At some point, the
problem will become unsolvable and irreversible. Which means all life on Earth
will suffer enormous consequences.
Destructive momentum by Catton, Population growth by Bartlett, what we
face if we fail to change
Life on the Brink: Environmentalists Confront Overpopulation
Authors: Philip Cafaro, Eileen Crist
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