Is The Human “Meteor” About to Strike Earth?

By Donald A. Collins | 9 May 2023
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Everyone recaps the effect of the meteor which struck Earth 66 million years ago and caused mass destruction of its inhabitants made particularly memorable by the extinction of the dinosaurs.

Now in just 250 years of the so-called Industrial Age, humans have managed to mindlessly send us on a fast track to mass extinction. In that time, we have put 1.4 trillion tons of carbon into our atmosphere, the most in this century.

This Ice on Fire documentary, a film you can view using the prompt below, is lengthy but highly informative on what damage we have done to our earth and what are the effective recommendations for possibly stopping certain disasters.

The key take home message is TAKE URGENT ACTION NOW!

In a shorter but most distressing article which is featured on this web site, one can quickly understand why scientists are uniformly concerned about our future.

Read again this seminal article.

To our great danger, we find world leadership has been willing to acknowledge the buildup of multiple signs of coming disaster, but has not put forward enough action to avoid a certain huge cumulative effect on sustainable future life in the near term. In short, the timetable to avoid of possible vast extinction is on fast forward.

Always powerfully driven by the acceleration in the growth of human population, the jump from 2 billion in world population to 8 billion in 90 years has been thought by some commentators to be a positive development.

For example, the brilliant Fareed Zakaria, an immigrant from India, now a US citizen, recently extolled the virtues of his native country’s growth in his April 28, 2023 Washington Post article entitled “India’s economy is surging thanks to these three revolutions”.

Here is part of what he said:

Visiting India this week, I was struck by how different the mood there is compared with much of the world. While people in the United States and Europe are worried about inflation and a possible recession, Indians are excited about the future. India is now the most populous country on the planet and is projected to be the fastest-growing large economy as well, at 5.9 percent this year. As Prime Minister Narendra Modi said recently, “India’s time has arrived.”

Here is his punch line: Surging Growth Is Good!!!

Fareed continues:

“My worry is that I have seen this movie before. I remember going to the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2006 and being bombarded with billboards plastered all over the Swiss town saying “Incredible India!” and proclaiming it to be the “world’s fastest-growing free market democracy.” In fact, in those years, India was growing even faster than it is now, at a rate of more than 9 percent. The Indian trade minister at the time confidently predicted to me that the Indian economy would soon overtake China’s.

It didn’t quite work out that way. After a few years, growth petered out, economic reforms stalled, and many foreign businesses that had entered the country with great enthusiasm were disappointed. Some left altogether. As for beating China, despite the Chinese economy’s slowdown, it is now about five times the size of India’s.

And yet I came away from the trip bullish about India. While that mid-2000s enthusiasm did not fully translate, the country did continue to make progress. It has been the second-fastest-growing large economy (behind China) for about 20 years. In recent years, however, it has been able to accelerate growth because of a series of revolutions.”

He next argues that an electronic fix will make India work better:

“The first revolution was a government initiative called Aadhaar, which gives every Indian a unique 12-digit ID number verifiable by fingerprints or an iris scan. It sounds simple, but it is, in Nobel laureate Paul Romer’s words, “the most sophisticated ID program in the world.” Today, 99.9 percent of adult Indians have a digital ID that can be used to verify instantly who they are and thus set up a bank account in minutes (literally, I have seen this done!), or to transfer government payments to recipients directly and with little skimming and corruption”.

Dangerous lack of leadership concern about sustainability for 8 billion of us is there! No mention of human numbers except to say that much more infrastructure needs built and how raising women to equality would spur more economic growth!

Read his Post piece in full here.

How much conclusive scientific evidence do such intellectual pundits need to understand where we are headed?

The concept that we can calmly and fractionally address the climate change issue as the meetings of the UN COP infer now becomes madness.

As we argue about raising the national debt level or who might be running for President, the meteor of human excesses has become ready to explode.

Then add the Ukraine War and the nations armed with nuclear weapons while vast spending on military preparedness drains away resources that could save us all if only understood what we doing to ourselves!

So sad that all that vast progress in improving lifestyles that humans have achieved in our minuscule homo sapiens’ ruling time compared to Earth’s 4.5-billion-year history stands in stark danger of being destroyed.

That such blindness in failing to take massive corrective action exists now certainly is not the fault of the scientists who have repeatedly informed world leadership of the dangers now existing and to be accelerating soon.

As sea levels rise precipitously with the rapid melting of ice, human panic will certainly accelerate and fixing it in time will be irrevocable.

Much more massive immigration than presently is occurring will increase and the ability to maintain order in the growing chaos under our democracy will be supplanted by repressive policies which now exist in so many countries, including Fareed Zakaria’s India.

Much of what now seems certain to overtake reasonable human sustainability could have been prevented. The human “meteor” akin to the one that caused the 5th Extinction is closing rapidly in upon us.

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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