New poll among religious shows blatant disrespect for the Earth, sustainability
Grant J. Kidney — According to a recent poll conducted by the far right Christian website ‘WND’, a majority of voters do not believe that overpopulation is a serious issue which could lead to dire consequences for the whole of the human species.
A whopping 47% of voters declared that God commanded them to be ‘fruitful and multiply’ so they ‘should never worry about the amount of people’. Only 1% of voters agreed with the statement that unless something is done to curb population growth, there may be a global food shortage sometime in the future.
Just a day or two ago, I challenged my Facebook audience to present scientific, peer-reviewed evidence that the Earth is in possession of infinite resources. After all, it is only logical to assume that if the planet did not possess infinite resources, then a new and sustainable approach would have to be developed to counter act what an exploding population could mean for the future of humanity. Anyway, no one was able to drum up the evidence (as would be expected).
Let us pretend that the Earth is a ship floating in the sea. The ship has a ‘carrying capacity’ which, if exceeded, would threaten the stability of the entire boat. Assume now that five hundred more people than what the ship can carry were to suddenly beam aboard the poop-deck from outer-space. What, pray tell, would be the fate of our boat? The answer is quite obvious- oblivion.
Case study: the populations of India and China
India and China boast the largest populations on the planet. With billions and billions of people spawning at a rate near ‘bunny rabbit’ level, is it really wrong to judge the Chinese government for wishing to place a limit upon how many children you are allowed to have?
Here’s a report showing China’s urban population growing by a rate of 10,000,000 souls per year. In just ten years from now, China will have injected approximately 100,000,000 new people into the body public, or roughly 1/3 of the total U.S. population as it stands today. Does this sharp increase in the Chinese population actually seem sustainable?
Let’s look at the recent power failures in India which left almost 1,000,000,000 people in the dark. With businesses closed, grocery stores shut down, and hospitals rendered useless, the tremendous strain of population upon a resource such as electricity was highly evident in this particular situation.
Population: facts and solutions
Over one billion people are starving on the planet Earth and almost two billion live on less than two dollars per day. Severe droughts, crop failures, ever increasing natural catastrophes, and a tremendous demand for consumer goods in developing nations just doesn’t add up to ‘peace and pudding’ for all the world’s people.
In my little Facebook experiment mentioned earlier, the fact that no one could present me with evidence of a planet in possession of infinite resources just goes to show that the reverse is actually true. Unfortunately for the people of Earth, the prevalent, market-driven philosophy of ‘infinite growth’ just doesn’t jive with a planet of limited resources.
Obviously the solution is not to ‘kill off’ a great majority of the human population. Let’s leave the eugenics talk to folks like Mr. Bill Gates who openly calls for population reduction through the administering of harmful vaccines. Let us instead think outside of the box and present true alternatives to a problem that may one day prove the death of us all.
First, vertical farms, or ‘grow towers’ must be constructed throughout the world. These towers would specialize in the production of hydro and aeroponic vegetable growth as a means to feed all the world’s people.
Second, to promote fairness on the international level, it would be required of humanity to forge a true, global federation. Since it seems to be the trend of voters in polls such as the above to promote the births of tens of billions of new human lives, an intelligent, sustainable approach must be adopted to ensure that all people in every nation are adequately fed and that resources are shared. If such a world union is not crafted, new and endless wars for resources would no doubt ensue as highly populated nations compete for the coveted ‘lion’s share’ so as to prevent the deaths of millions.
Of course the solutions mentioned above would never actually materialize in a world dominated by the so called ‘free markets’. Remember, if there isn’t a dollar to be gained, then the construction of vertical farms and the introduction of true sustainable alternatives will never prove a reality.
There is no mathematical way that the world could go on the way it does with more and more people birthed into existence each year. If the people who voted in the above poll are so excited to see a much unneeded population boom at this critical juncture in human history, I will ask only that they provide food, water, and shelter to all of those who will no doubt be displaced by a system that has never nor will ever give a s**t about their fundamental human needs.