THE LOOMING END OF MANKIND?

Every New Year’s Eve we make outlandish and… often, reasonable resolutions. We look ourselves in the mirror and promise ourselves that we’d desperately try to keep them. They say dreams are like that. It’s the time of illusions and dirty tricks thrown onto billions of Earthlings who hope against hope…. to prosper, live free and make the most of our limited time here on the planet. I’m almost certain, considering all the things I’ve learned, a virtual timeline of humanity is but a microcosm of manipulation. I know, WTF does that mean?

We are populating the globe at a pace which is unsustainable. At 7.5 billion souls and counting, how many humans can the planet really support? Right now, at the beginning of 2019, humanity is the most populated large mammal species on Earth in geological history. Can our home support this kind of growth indefinitely? If we do nothing to manage future population growth, our resources will surely become depleted and we’ll all starve and perish due to dehydration. There is only so much fresh drinkable water on this little blue planet we call home.

Right now, myriad countries face shortages of food, medicine, and power. To conceptualize the argument, suppose Donald Trump gave every person on Earth a dime, then doubled it the following year and each year thereafter. How long do you suppose his ten-billion dollar net worth would last? It’s the same with natural resources, there is only so much wood, gas, oil, food, and water available. Once it is depleted, we would not survive as a species. Right now, 99-percent of all life on Earth is extinct. The oceans have been depleted, the ozone layer is burning off and greenhouse gasses are heating the planet to a point where soon… the Earth will be uninhabitable.

There were ONE BILLION people on Earth-One in the 1800s. That doubled in just 300 years. From two-billion in 1927, it kept doubling. With four-billion in 1974, it again doubled. We ARE in serious trouble. The population of Earth is projected to reach eight-billion by 2023 and twelve-billion by 2100. At the same time, we’re consuming and polluting our own resources–the aquifers and ice caps, fertile soil, forests, fisheries, and oceans. We’ve ruined all of it. The Earth is dying.

Think about this: the Earth has 1.9 hectares of land per person for growing food and textiles for clothing, wood and absorbing waste. The average American uses about 9.7 hectares. This suggests that our planet can only support one-fifth of the present population, 1.5 billion people, at an American standard of living. Water is a life and death resource. Every living thing requires it and biologically, every adult needs a gallon of water daily. However, Americans use three-hundred and fifty-five billion gallons a year. Half is used in order to generate electricity, one-third goes to irrigation, and roughly one-tenth for flushing toilets, washing clothes and dishes, and watering lawns.

If the current population of 7.5 billion people consumed water at American levels, we’d use 10,000 cubic kilometers per year. The world supply is ninety-thousand cubic kilometers. In ten years, Earth will run out of the water. More than two billion people on Earth lack clean drinking water. Close to five-billion lack sanitation which creates water supplies contaminated with pathogens, fertilizer, insecticide runoff, heavy metals. Water and food are immediate human necessities. Doubling food production would defer the problems of present-day birth rates for MAYBE a few decades. The Earth supports industrialized standards of living only because we are drawing down the “savings account” of non-renewable resources, including fertile topsoil, drinkable water, forests, fisheries, and petroleum. Bottom line? It’s already too late to reverse our demise. Perhaps, if each country followed China’s “One Child Per Couple Legislation” we’d save ourselves from overpopulation.

However, I don’t have to tell you, the need to reproduce is among the strongest of human desires. We cannot magically hope natural resources into existence. Adults have to choose between the status quo or to bravely undertake new measures to save mankind. Unfortunately, the only way to save future generations is to limit reproduction. Once Earth’s population hits twelve-billion (in 2020) the planet will fail to provide enough resources to sustain humanity. – RJ Smith

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Updated: 30 April 2019