Population Growth’s Urgent Dangers Daily Documented And Ignored!

By Donald A. Collins | 1 October 2021
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Daily readers or viewers of our main stream media news are subject to so many stories that cumulatively document the title and truth of this commentary.

For examples, I will briefly list what could be thousands more, so I will stick to the majors, knowing as we continue to add net new human numbers, life on Earth will not improve.

The climate crisis, the growing breakdown of our unique democratic experiment, the possible nuclear war, the few environmental crises, the worldwide refugee crisis, and the huge human numbers in pre-pandemic or other risks such as adequate food, water and shelter. Enough already! you scream.

Watching the remarkable Elon Musk’s innovations on the Wednesday September 30th WETA film and specifically his Martian rocket intentions—he says he wants to be buried on Mars—we again note the predictions of Sir David Attenborough and many other credible scientists who warn us over and over that the excess annual overconsumption of Earth’s resources can’t be maintained at current levels even for those in rich nations.

Musk wants to build a city on Mars and then I guess furnishing human supplies would be borne by his rocket fleet?

This comprehensive issue-oriented web site for which I write has frequently featured eloquent articles from recognized authorities on this population size topic. So has there been much other media coverage. No media efforts have yet failed stimulated worldwide action from world leaders to implement the urgent need to placing population size solutions ahead of another key issues, including climate change, whose solution will ultimately depend on the Earth’s population.

I am all in favor of the efforts now underway which are urgently addressing climate change, but surely the population size issue rests on the far cheaper cost of offering all women full reproductive choices, which over time would be gently, humanly, effectively able to lower human numbers from present levels to those which our planet could humanly and comfortably sustain indefinitely.

Sadly, most pushes to date for full reproductive choices for women and men encounter many stonewalls. Such examples of intransigence such as thrown up by the Taliban and the Catholic Church and the Governors of Texas and Florida and the growth at any cost by commercial business interests and the military madness of world powers exemplifies their seeking more human bodies to use for their specific benefits!

As human numbers continue to climb as Attenborough predicts to 11 billion by 2100 from about 8 billion now, having grown 4 times in my 90 year lifetime from 2 billion in 1931, the alternative solutions to growth are clear: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. As you know they personify war, famine, pestilence and death as specifically repeated here.

Albert Einstein said “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but WW IV will fight with sticks and stones.” Some humans may survive.

That’s like what happened to the Earth’s major mammals, the dinosaurs, after that meteor hit the Yucatán Peninsula 60 million years ago. Countless lesser species survived and then evolved later into among other creatures such as us humans.

So why worry?

All our exact future adverse predictions are likely to be wrong, but like gravity the law of perpetual excess won’t be repealed.

Speaking of Apocalypse, like the Apocryphal leaper off the top terrace at the Empire State Building said as he passed the 50th floor, “So far so good!!”

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, Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive? and We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?.

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