As COVID-19 has graphically demonstrated, we are all of one world—a small planet being made rapidly unfit for many more humans than at present.
Since my birth in 1931 we have added nearly 6 billion people to the planet as our total number now is approaching eight billion.
In April we are told now by a Vimeo trailer film entitled “8 Billion n Angels” that Vimeo will offer a new film about how as rapacious humans, our present numbers are rushing us humans to our own deaths as we kill the very life sustaining assets that keep us alive!!
While we could possibly solve urgent issues such as racism and gun control and a myriad of other problems, if we keep killing our irreplaceable natural resources nothing else will matter.
Dictators won’t solve this future collision, but neither can the world’s most well-armed democratic government—us!! It will take us all.
Mexican Border crisis? Biden could offer to bear the cost to take any unaccompanied child to his or her native country if their safety could be assured.
Probably not feasible, but neither is our continuing rape of Planet Earth.
Inequality and environmental challenges are deeply linked, this must be a transformative decade – new report summarises recent research on the scale of human activity: https://t.co/5VQx0ryQpE VIDEO: https://t.co/XrYz0237o2 @sthlmresilience @jrockstrom #nobelprizesummit
— Potsdam Institute (@PIK_Climate) March 31, 2021
A major UN Conference featuring speakers like Sir David Attenborough and Professor E.O. Wilson would get so much big media coverage! TV could show the expressions on the faces of leaders such as Chi, Biden and other world leaders listening to these irrefutable facts. Would they wince or frown or ever verbalize the obvious truth of what is happening? Would the fact that we have already destroyed two thirds of the planet’s tropical rain forests make an impression?
Or are we US citizens too preoccupied with basketball’s March Madness or the chance marijuana will be legalized to care about such an abstract future reality?
Following such a well-publicized UN meeting, would these powerful leaders do anything? What? Offering free family planning to anyone who wants it? Or would religionists get antsy?
Certainly the current TV coverage of the George Floyd murder trial should bring a better understanding about American racism’s impact to many previously unmoved people. Why not insuring a better future for all of us by taking action now on overpopulation?
Could a major UN Conference help for boosting support for climate change and understanding about the certain diminution of future human wellbeing due to overpopulation? Maybe not but it is surely worth trying.
From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013
By Donald A. Collins
Publisher: Church and State Press (July 30, 2014)
8 Billion Angels – OFFICIAL TRAILER
Extinction – The Facts
David Attenborough’s Witness Statement (A Life on Our Planet)
World Scientists’ Warning of a Climate Emergency
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