The great Chris Hedges: We are breeding ourselves to extinction.
The overpopulated regions of the globe
will ravage their local environments, cutting down rainforests and the
few remaining wilderness areas, in a desperate bid to grow food. And
the depletion and destruction of resources will eventually create an
overpopulation problem in industrialized nations as well. The resources
that industrialized nations consider their birthright will become
harder and more expensive to obtain. Rising water levels on coastlines,
which may submerge coastal nations such as Bangladesh, will disrupt
agriculture and displace millions, who will attempt to flee to areas on
the planet where life is still possible. The rising temperatures and
droughts have already begun to destroy crop lands in Africa, Australia,
Texas and California. The effects of this devastation will first be
felt in places like Bangladesh, but will soon spread within our
borders. Footprint data suggests that, based on current lifestyles, the
sustainable population of the United Kingdom—the number of people the
country could feed, fuel and support from its own biological
capacity—is about 18 million. This means that in an age of extreme
scarcity, some 43 million people in Great Britain would not be able to
survive. Overpopulation will become a serious threat to the viability
of many industrialized states the instant the cheap consumption of the
world’s resources can no longer be maintained. This moment may be
closer than we think.
A world where 8 billion to 10 billion
people are competing for diminishing resources will not be peaceful.
The industrialized nations will, as we have done in Iraq, turn to their
militaries to ensure a steady supply of fossil fuels, minerals and
other nonrenewable resources in the vain effort to sustain a lifestyle
that will, in the end, be unsustainable. The collapse of industrial
farming, which is made possible only with cheap oil, will lead to an
increase in famine, disease and starvation. And the reaction of those
on the bottom will be the low-tech tactic of terrorism and war. Perhaps
the chaos and bloodshed will be so massive that overpopulation will be
solved through violence, but this is hardly a comfort.
Give women reproductive choices, education and equal rights and the world will change ... for the better.
I don't get all those religious fundamentalists -- and I don't care what god they worship -- who think their faith is going to save them and their children.
It just makes no sense at all.