Overpopulation: Limits Get Tested And Fail!

By Donald A. Collins | 29 May 2021
Church and State

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As what in my recent OpEds I have dubbed the “Attenborough crisis”—too many human consumers of Earth’s limited resources—we get daily examples such as the page one May 27 Wall Street Journal story entitled “A Grand Plan To Vaccinate The World Unravels” which you can read here.

The climate crisis has caused a growing demand that Exxon, Shell and other fossil fuel producers reduce emissions ASAP!

In a recent TV interview, the 95 year old master scholar of our natural world’s limits, Sir David Attenborough, predicted another 3 billion human consumers will be added if current growth rates prevail. We now have 8 billion human consumers, up from 2 billion in his lifetime.

It is obvious that reductions of all over consumption is now required but far from certain to occur!

It now appears that most likely saviors of humans peacefully continuing to live on Earth over the long term will have to be big corporations, the most enlightened of whom will fear the loss of their hegemony.

Can enough vaccines be provided for all in this world? Not now on a timely enough basis, but as soon as corporations see the clear self interest in so doing, just as fears about dangerous climate resolutions are now hitting Exxon and Shell.

In short, could profits and fear combine to let corporations save sustainable life on Earth? Let’s see.

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC., has spent over 40 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.

From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013

By Donald A. Collins
Publisher: Church and State Press (July 30, 2014)
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