Climate Deniers And Doomers Both Fail To Note Population Size!

By Donald A. Collins | 27 March 2023
Church and State

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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report expresses great concern about climate change which needs urgent attention if disastrous consequences are to be avoided.

Read here the report and two media accounts (here and here) of that latest report.

Then on March 25th on page one of the Washington Post the article entitled “Why climate ‘doomers’ are replacing climate ‘deniers’ How U.N. reports and confusing headlines created a generation of people who believe climate change can’t be stopped.”

It tells us that those “Deniers” denying the dangers are being replaced by the “Doomers”, the scientists saying it’s too late to fix the problem of climate. Thus, the article mentions it could be argued if disaster is assured why take any corrective action? It has a good point as I will further describe below.

I read this Post story twice and looked carefully to find mention of the effect of increased human numbers on the climate argument or in the remarks of the Doomers and Deniers and found no mention.

Few of the arguments of any of the many reports from the IPCC and the UN COP meetings make mention of the fact of world population doubling 4 times in my 92 year lifetime except to mention that “human activity” has brought on the climate crisis—and by inference the many related ills such as over overcrowding, poverty, disease and war which have clearly exacerbated the global march toward the 6th Extinction so well documented in Elizabeth Kolbert’s 2014 book “The Sixth Extinction” which won the prestigious Pulitzer Prize in 2015.

You can read below Al Gore’s NY Times book review of her book entitled “Without A Trace” here.

The former Vice President is not confused or shy about making this essential point about human growth’s effect on our planet.

Some of his points about our human impact:

As early as the 1840s, scientists noticed large gaps in the fossil record — time periods in which earth’s biodiversity declined rapidly and could not be explained by a static system. Some scientists theorized that abrupt climate changes had caused past mass extinction events. But in the modern era, three factors have combined to radically disrupt the relationship between civilization and the earth’s ecosystem: the unparalleled surge in human population that has quadrupled our numbers in less than a hundred years; the development of powerful new technologies that magnify the per capita impact of all seven billion of us, soon to be nine billion or more; and the emergence of a hegemonic ideology that exalts short-term thinking and ignores the true long-term cost and consequences of the choices we’re making in industry, energy policy, agriculture, forestry and politics.

“People change the world,” Kolbert writes, and she vividly presents the science and history of the current crisis. Her extensive travels in researching this book, and her insightful treatment of both the history and the science all combine to make “The Sixth Extinction” an invaluable contribution to our understanding of present circumstances, just as the paradigm shift, she calls for is sorely needed.
Despite the evidence that humanity is driving mass extinctions, we have been woefully slow to adopt the necessary measures to solve this global environmental challenge. Our response to the mass extinction — as well as to the climate crisis — is still controlled by a hopelessly outdated view of our relationship to our environment.

So where is the plan for a gradual, safe, humane reduction in human numbers? Apparently there not to be one or the positive attributes of the Deniers would have stated exactly how we were going to feed the highest population in world history as it is predicted to grow from 8 billion (it was 2 billion in 1931) to 11 billion by 2100. Doubtful that the latter figure will occur for obvious reasons.

It seems also obvious to most scientists such as Paul and Anne Ehrlich that the folly of not acting assures disaster.

Many scientists note that 2/3rds of our natural areas are gone, available new farmland is diminishing and our planet’s resources are being over consumed yearly just to serve present numbers.

We are far from the first world population extinction, but will we be the first brought on by self-inflicted inadvertence??!

Obviously, the planet as it gets so impacted will administer its own form of human birth control, the kind so frighteningly fictionalized in Cormac McCarthy’s book “The Road”.

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”, “Can Homo Sapiens Survive?”, “Will Choice and Democracy Win?” and “Can Our U.S. Survive 8 Plus Billion of Us”.

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