How Many Homo Sapiens Will Survive Our Atomic Bomb Era?

By Donald A. Collins | 28 April 2022
Church and State

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After the city of Hiroshima got the first atomic bomb attack in 1945 and before any other country had nuclear weapons, Albert Einstein postulated about the future in the atomic bomb era.

His thoughts are profoundly prescient today, particularly his advice on human survival.

You can read here that history.

70 years ago, Einstein offered advice on how to live with the bomb.

You need to read this history starting with Einstein’s letter to President Roosevelt here.

Be sure to see the last paragraph on his key advice.

After watching innumerable climate crisis films now on tv, the entire world should be hysterical about the immediacy of what will soon occur to habitable life on earth, not only for us Homo sapiens but for the flora and fauna on which our lives depend.

The videos on “Can we cool the planet” or the three-part series on Frontline (PBS), the final 3rd episode will run next week, provide vital information.

While the Frontline series discloses the felonious suppression of the research done decades ago paid for by the oil companies which disclosed the effects of fossil fuel on global warming, it is not productive to prove now the proven. Action against that behavior is needed, but that is not the priority now. Fixing climate is.

Comparing this behavior of Exxon Mobil, Koch Industries and the politicians and others they paid off with the behavior of the tobacco industry is obvious, except that instead of wasting precious time now debating their fate, these climate stories just underline the urgency for action.

To articulate what has been so forceful proven by science did not convince Donald Trump who recently told his brain-dead sycophants at one of his MAGA rallies that global warming is a hoax.

His role model, Vladimir Putin, has brought our planet to the possible place that Einstein feared decades ago.

While, as that remarkable PBS program on 4/27/22—by coincidence my 91st birthday—“Can We Cool the Planet” explained numerous innovative new technologies that can help reduce the release of carbon dioxide, but only the cessation of fossil fuel use ASAP can save earth’s habitability.

Famed cinematographer Sir David Attenborough says we still have hope that we can change that fatal history if we act now, but we all should fear that the world’s most powerful political leaders won’t take us there in time. Nor do they admit Attenborough’s view that the surfeit of human numbers now on earth is the bottom-line contributing factor to global warming. My recent books underline that population message.

Again, to repeat, none of these new technologies alone will save us without the cessation of fossil fuel use. They can be immensely helpful and should be pursued avidly now since the politicians aren’t there yet.

Sadly, that temple of idealistic possibilities, the UN, can’t do more than verbalize problems.

And with power struggles like Ukraine and elsewhere, our seeing a positive outcome has become nearly impossible.

How much of our precious orb will be left for human habitation in a few decades? My grandchildren will find out what an untenable legacy we have left them!

Loss of trust here and in the concept of democracy was encapsulated in Einstein’s most salient advice when he said in the above cited article in his letter to FDR in 1964. That article’s last paragraph said:

It was to become a nightmare for a world “not ready for it.” “Our defense is not in armaments,” observed Einstein, “nor in science, nor in going underground. Our defense is in law and order.”

The vast irrelevancy of most present human expressed concerns ignores our future chances for a less dangerous environmental landing. You know those concerns, such as $6 a gallon gas, inflation, or who gets taxed, or can we stop abortions to save fetal tissue while we kill more of each other daily as well as clearing trees from the lungs of the earth provided by the Brazilian rain forest and killing most of the world’s fish and their sustaining coral reefs?

The giant dinosaurs didn’t know what hit them when that meteor hit the Yucatán peninsula 66 million years ago, but many of us humans now do know what horrible consequences are coming!

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC, has spent over 50 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of “From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013”, “Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive?”, “We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?”, “What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?: Leaders Commit to Reduce Human Population” and “Vote”.

The Letter That Led to the Atomic Bomb | Genius

Can We Cool the Planet? | Full Episode I NOVA | PBS

See what three degrees of global warming looks like | The Economist

Sir David Attenborough on overpopulation

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