Today is World Population Day and I’m again frowning when glancing at that text: “As the world population edged to 7 billion people in 2011 (up from 2.5 billion in 1950), it has had profound implications for development. A world of 7 billion is both a challenge and an opportunity with implications on sustainability, urbanization, access to health services and youth empowerment.”
Seriously? “Opportunity”? The only opportunity the current utterly insane population brings is to make a few more realize just how much of a problem it is and just how desperately it needs to be reduced in order to have any chance to solve any other major problem! But, of course, if that didn’t happen so far, it hardly seems likely that it’ll happen in the near future, so we’re still heading towards disaster and pushing nearly every other species we should be sharing this planet with in the same direction ahead of us, as humans as a whole are experts at making everyone else suffer the consequences of their actions.
So what about it? What about a “World Overpopulation Day”, and one with a clear, firm, effective message at that? Because we have this terrible problem that’s caused solely by the fact that the vast majority of humans “think” with their gonads, and which may yet, through drastic measures firmly implemented worldwide, be solved without increasing mortality, but nothing’s really being done about it, or not in any way which has even the slightest chance of being sufficiently effective within any time frame that we and, more importantly, the other species can still afford. Because we are causing this and we alone can sort it out, and that may yet happen in ways which not only won’t cause any other problems, but actually solve many of them at the same time, but it simply doesn’t because even most of the few who are rational enough to see it and realize something needs to be done run away from the necessary measures and restrict themselves to the “nice” ones which may have been enough up to some 60 years ago and assuming an entirely different type of human, but most definitely are not in the current circumstances. And, as a result, the terribly few who’d be willing to push for what actually needs to happen find themselves attacked from all sides.
At least microbes that multiply until they kill the host or invasive species that multiply until they destroy their environment have an excuse; they can’t realize what they’re doing, can’t analyze the consequences of their actions. We, on the other hand, have that capacity, yet choose not to use it. But, of course: “That does seem to be the rule, doesn’t it? Analyze the problem, choose whichever strategy makes least sense and then do it.“