Population Growth, Resource Over-Consumption at Center of the Looming Catastrophe, Stanford Biologists Claim
This next post is about something which I’ve found many environmentalists find very hard to discuss: Overpopulation and the corresponding Overconsumption of natural resources which we now face on this planet. Yale Environment 360 is currently running a piece by Stanford biologists Paul and Anne Ehrlich which discusses what they see as the central environmental crisis which we face: Too Many People, Too Much Consumption./em>
Two choice tidbits – either one is a little long for a bumper sticker, but short enough for our attention span:
There is no technological fix that will allow perpetual population and economic growth.
OK, got it. That’s heavy, but logical and let’s be honest, not surprising.
Population factor greater than most people supposed/em>
Direct link to Yale Environment360
I had lively arguments with my father circa 1975-1977, with me arguing that permanent economic growth was not feasible and him saying that it was essential… Sometime in the late 1990’s he came around and conceded that I had been right. I was floored by him remembering the discussions in the first place, and by him admitting that I had been right… Dad, I would have loved to buy you this for your 93rd birthday, so you don’t have to do this.