Too Many Humans Are Leading The World On A Path To The 6th Extinction!

By Donald A. Collins | 18 September 2022
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Two fascinating articles just were posted on this website tell why the world’s flora and fauna (including humans) are on the way to extinction:

If one wants to really know what is happening—which apparently most people don’t—you will want to read these masterful pieces on what most world don’t want to discuss, namely the bottom-line issue, which is the historically high growth of human numbers since the dawn in 1750 of the industrial revolution and particularly in the last century.

This powerful Church and State website has been particularly thorough in ferreting out scholarship pieces such as these two which you can read here. This POV continues to be largely and often ignored or dismissed by others including our mass media.

The first one by David Korten is here.

It begins by saying,

“Population growth is indeed an elephant in the room, as Ian Lowe so expertly and articulately outlines. And, as he observed, efforts to discuss the issue, given the conflicting and often highly charged perspectives, do feel like running up a down escalator.

Endless arguments about whether the greater fault lies with the over-consuming rich or the over-reproducing poor are pointless. We must address both.

As Eileen Crist, author of Abundant Earth: Toward an Ecological Civilization, points out, we need to look at the issue through an holistic lens that recognizes the need for deep transformation to what many of us now call an Ecological Civilization dedicated to the following:

1. Restoring Earth to full health,
2. Distributing wealth equitably to secure material sufficiency and spiritual abundance for all people, and
3. Ending and reversing population growth.

Humanity is awakening to a simple truth. There will be no winners on a dead Earth because there will be no people. The human species is currently on a path to self-extinction.

The second recent paper—both published in August 2022—by Ian Lowe, is much longer but so compelling that all who care about avoiding the 6th extinction should at least scan its brilliance.

Lowe eloquently tells us,

Why Population Matters

Moderating population size in all countries is critical for the fundamental challenges to a Great Transition: climate change, ecosystem degradation, food security, water availability, species loss, and conflict. According to a recent study, rapid population growth leads to scarcity of arable land, declining soil fertility, and encroachment on natural areas such as forests, reducing farm incomes and making it more difficult for farmers to adapt to climate change. Meanwhile, good farmland and water access are sacrificed to urban sprawl, forests are cut for fuel and land, and soil carbon is lost through intensive use. Rapid population growth accelerates climate change by reducing the carbon stores in forests and soils, as well as compounding the problem by reducing the capacity of the food production system to adapt to the changing climate.

The repeated failure of major authorities of only dimly or completely refer to population growth has prompted me to write numerous pieces which Church and State has published and which you can read about in my book entitled “Can Home Sapiens Survive?”. It’s on Amazon and can be best read on Kindle.

I will only mention one of many examples of the erroneous conclusions offered by experts on why the planet is in crisis (at least we agree on that). This again was the perceptive inclusion by Church and State on its site to address it and my POV perfectly to illustrate our point.

Entitled “It’s Time to Call It What It Is – A Capitalism-Induced Ecological Crisis” published 9/16/22 by Erin McCarley in Common Dreams.

You can read it here and if you can find a rational, succinct mention of over-population as a problem I would be astonished.

However, to argue that society’s one organizing system in this case Capitalism is entirely to blame and then to ignore human numbers. This is this article’s failure.

It makes not one suggestion about curbing human numbers.

In fingering poverty, climate etc. and offering solutions this article fails to suggest ways which Capitalism could easily facilitate to lower human numbers. That of course should have begun early in my life in 1931 to assure women the right to bear the number of children they could nurture and support.

The early pioneers in family planning, such as Margaret Sanger, were interested not on world population numbers but emphasized ways of helping women and their families have the number of children they wanted, whether none, one or more.

But of course, that did not happen. Did the abundance of developing, innovative, and imaginative ways consumers could better their lives, such as getting the best health care and obtaining the greatest widespread wealth in world history, have capitalism to BLAME?

Let’s try a rational answer, that human greed, racism, and religious fanaticism were and still are reasons keeping us from the massive effective action now needed. Changing such ingrained human behaviors may not be possible, but as billions starve, as climate crises escalate, those inhibiting factors may be overcome.

Every system of organizing human society from a monarchy, socialism or communism, a Putin style dictatorship, or capitalist democracy has ignored human numbers as having limitations.

And now human numbers after growing 4 times in my 91-year lifetime, are at a basic crisis point. The overload is here—in fact well beyond here—in terms of the urgent need to stem unlimited growth on a finite planet!

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?”, “Vote” and “Can Homo Sapiens Survive?”.

Does Capitalism Pose an Existential Threat To Our Democracy – David Korten

Human Population Through Time

Sir David Attenborough on overpopulation

Overpopulation & Climate Change: A Seat at the Table

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