An important article written by US environmentalist Frosty Wooldridge

He mentions that the world is going to increase its population by 3 billion in about the next 30 years – unbelievable!

I ask you to spend a few minutes to read this article. Then we should all consider – are we wasting our time? Is the world growth problem so great that we won’t be able to solve it?

23.01.18 – Frosty Woolridge Article – Commentary 514 Deadliest booklet

Comments

  1. Hi Dick
    Regarding the overpopulation part of the article you’ve posted. We can learn a lot from looking at history.

    A British economist released a study based on the past 2000 years of human economic history. In the study, he examiend trends illuminating an inevitable conclusion: the human species is doomed to starvation. More and more people would be born into a world which couldn’t sustain them.We’ve reached the carrying capacity of the planet.

    The economist was Thomas Malthus and the study was the Essay on Principle of Population – which he penned two hundred years ago in 1798.

    In the two hundred years since Malthus made his prediction, not only has man’s ability to produce kept up with population growth – it’s been outpaced by a factor of thirty times or more.
    Food for thought.

    1. Good article – Kunstler nailed it. I’d rather start trying to cope with a population of 8 million, not our 24 million and rising. But these days in polite company all we are permitted to speak about is Koombaya ‘renewables will save us’. Talk immigration and I’m a racist, talk oil and mineral depletion and I’m just a doomer (even though its industries I’ve engineered in).
      “The cheap oil age created an artificial bubble of plentitude for a period not much longer than a human lifetime….so I hazard to assert that as oil ceases to be cheap and he world reserves move toward depletion, we will be left with an enormous population…that the ecology of the earth will not support. The journey back toward non
      -oil population homeostasis will not be pretty. We will discover the hard way that population hyper growth was simply a side-effect of the oil age. It was a condition, not a problem with a solution. That is what happened and we are stuck with it.” James Howard Kunstler, The Long Emergency

    2. Seldom is the important ever urgent, seldom is the urgent ever important – Dwight Eisenhower – US President. And we simply never seem to learn from history, we’re driven to repeat our past failures (eg: Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, etc).

  2. yes it is far to late, and then their is the stated aim of china and India to rise the standard of living ,of their people to western levels . something we can not begrudge them, as we will do absolutely anything to maintain or increase ours. we wont even take negative gearing off housing as the government, is scared of the back lash from people who make money from it, with out doing anything constructive. so real hard-core reform from any government is pie in the sky. so with billions in India and china living large, with a much larger environmental footprint of cause its over. till population shrinkage due to world wide shortages of all things. and maybe even oxygen loss , scientists are now getting worried at the acid levels in the world ocean ,we only have one. due to green house gases, are increasing to a point where their will be a die off of photo planten , and they make 80 percent of the worlds oxygen. hmm a world with a couple of hundred million people . no need for our grandkids to worry about housing ,they will be able to take there pick. if they survive. I bet they don’t spend all day talking about jobs and growth. and maintaining the standard of living. when did we change from the lucky country, to this money obsessed one. I can assure you all, my standard of life style was far superior when Australia had 14 million compared to now .

    1. Well put, and so true the last remark about when we had fewer people things were better!

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