We cannot just save the remaining wildlife we have and expect that we will thrive as a species. There is a carrying capacity for all species on earth. We have met ours. About 50% of our world’s population would not be alive today if it were not for synthetic fertilizers. We have figured out a way to use technology to our advantage and bypass the earth’s natural ability to support human life.
In order to address our environmental issues, we must address overpopulation. Tactfully.
We need to educate people (in general, as well as) about family planning and resource conservation, drawing the link between the two and making sure that most of the world population understands this concept. The world’s population is increasing at a rate of 80 million people a year. Some estimates say we could hit over 10 billion people by 2050 if world population is allowed to continue to grow. Low and middle-income nations are expected to be responsible for 98% of future population growth. Over population the following effects:
1. Urban Sprawl
o Natural corridors for animals are being eliminated, cutting animals off from their habitats (not to mention we’re also building over their habitats)
o The next mass extinction could be human caused.
3. Degradation of land
o Loss of buffer lands (from disasters like flooding)
o Loss of over 80% of our old growth forests
o 1/5 of global carbon emissions come from deforestation (mainly tropical)
o Over 60% of biodiversity exists in forests.
4. Over fishing
o 20% of our protein comes from fish in the oceans
o It is predicted that we will lose 90% of our oceans edible species by 2048 if unsustainable fishing practices continue
5. Water scarcity
o I predict the next world war will be over water
o We need to change our irrigation technology
6. Global warming
o Weather extremes (increased hurricane intensity and heat wave frequency)
o Drought and wildfires
7. Over crowding
o Need more landfills
o Increased housing prices
o Decreasing wild habitat
Stan Cox's Sick Planet, Corporate Food and Medicine