Overpopulation is the Real Cause of Climate Change – It’s Killing Us All Off
Joe Barry of the Irish Independent is not optimistic. But he’s not necessarily wrong either. “Despite all the warnings of global warming and imminent disaster, it is unlikely that we will change our ways until a real catastrophe actually occurs.” It’s sad but true. And this isn’t to say that real catastrophes aren’t happening right now but our natural human myopia apparently is making it difficult to connect the dots and see the big picture. Barry blames our refusal to adjust our way of living for our inability to accept our role in climate change and therefore do anything about it. Shoot, we can’t even talk about what the root of the problem is!
“The remarkable thing is that the real cause of global warming is rarely mentioned. It is the elephant in the room. Everyone can see it but no one wants to speak about it, presumably because this subject is a contentious one and challenges the core beliefs of many religions. The undeniable fact is that we, the human race, are the cause of our own difficulties and unless we reduce our numbers, we will self-destruct.”
Exactly. This is what we’ve been saying but we get so excited when someone else says it too. Especially people with a readership. Across the globe no less. Barry goes on to basically say we look at micro causes for climate change (ie livestock) but never the macro cause (too many people consuming). But we are incredibly anthropocentric and that obsession could very likely be the end of the human race. He does admit that we are slowly realizing that our actions are having a profoundly dangerous impact on the planet, so I mean, it’s not totally hopeless.
But to get anywhere we need to help people realize that the human population does need to decrease and then ensure that everyone has the tools necessary to live that. “We send money to poor nations to help sink wells and buy livestock but do little or nothing about helping them control their rate of reproduction, which in turn creates further famines.” And there it is again. Treating symptoms rather than causes. But that’s all short term and the symptoms only get worse.
He also quickly addresses agriculture, industry, deforestation, importing, exporting, production…the whole axis of resource depletion. Basically, the situation is dire and we need to start doing something about it immediately. “[I]f we ignore the threat that overpopulation presents to all of us, we ignore reality.”
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