Monday, April 22, 2013

It's Earth Day! (Again!)

Greetings, fellow citizens of this planet, and thank you if you happen to be one of the few stumbling across this once-yearly posting of mine (which I do mainly out of narcissism and stubbornness, and not because I'm really contributing much to the conversation at this point).

Let's be honest here:  human overpopulation is not a popular topic right now.  Like most things that ride the wave of public consciousness, interest in it has ebbed and flowed over time, and we are at a point where the fashionable argument is that our numbers may soon start declining

And...I don't know?  MAYBE?!  Absolutely, it is possible.  But also absolutely, none of us alive today will be here to see if a great depopulation era comes to pass.  What we have to work with is the here and now, and the here and now makes it clear that we, as a species, are far from problem-free inhabitants of this earth.

Regardless of what may happen in the decades and centuries ahead, our numbers are currently still increasing, as are the pressures we are exerting on our environment and our limited resources.  So today, regardless of where you may stand on the issue of the future, I extend a gentle reminder to stay in the present, and do what you're able to live the best life you can.

Be kind to your home base.  It will almost undoubtedly outlast us...and if that's not enough to humble you this Earth Day, then consider that cockroaches, crocodiles, and countless other species probably will too.

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Comments on "It's Earth Day! (Again!)"


Blogger David Housholder said ... (10:15 PM, September 02, 2013) : 

What if people are not a liability, but rather an asset. What if population of Earth starts to drop (which it will) in a generation? What if people are making the same math errors that Malthus was?


Blogger Unknown said ... (12:17 AM, October 13, 2013) : 

Thank you for your blog, I appreciate your effort to get the message out.
I created lyrics to a song about 5 years ago, called 'Earth's Plea to Humanity' which just about covers all the topics you are blogging about. I found a singer who then found a composer and put this track together for me. I then created a video and uploaded it to youtube. I would like you to have a listen before you include this comment on your blog and if you like it and it is on song with your message then I would appreciate it, if you could help me spread the word. Here is the link
Kind regards, Indigo Jute


Blogger Unknown said ... (11:52 AM, March 22, 2014) : 

I agree with you. Overpopulation has become a major concern for our world. As well as worrying about how to feed this number of people, now at 7.2 billion, overpopulation is adding to our ever changing and dangerous weather patterns. Over 95% of the world population increase is taking place in the Developing Countries. No Government or serious World authority seem willing or able to consider the implications of this continuing overpopulation, and indeed the consequences for mankind's future, while humans increase dramatically with each passing day. I have written a book 'Depopulate' published on Amazon Books which might be of interest to you. This book, while a work of fiction, contains many facts, which show the population explosion, where it is greatest, and many other relevant matters. It contains quotes from prominent writers and others, past and present, who were concerned about the human failure to do anything about the overpopulation issue.
Perhaps 'Depopulate' could be seen as a warning to us all, of what could happen if we do not take some form of dramatic and urgent action, and soon!!


Blogger Blake said ... (12:41 PM, June 07, 2018) : 

Ways must be found to do at least one more thing: to break the silence regarding the ecological science of human population dynamics. Please, someone, somewhere, take a moment to carefully examine and objectively comment on the near-universally denied, unchallenged research that discloses the evidently unforeseen population dynamics of the human species.

Thank you,

Steven Earl Salmony, Ph.D., M.P.A.


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