Population and Ecology

This is what I believe!

I live on a small planet going round an average sun.

My body is an incredible phenomenon created by billions of years of evolution. My consciousness is even more amazing and created by the same way.

My awareness came out of nothing when I was in the womb and will go back to nothing after I die.

I share this incredible planet with billions of other life forms which evolved in the same way as me. Many of them share the same attributes as me. Some are quite different but all have very similar biochemistry. This life is a spectrum created by the evolution of the stupendous DNA molecule. This DNA molecule interacts with proteins to create a phenomena we call life.

At this moment in time my species, having wiped out all other human species, has temporarily overcome most of the predators that kept our numbers in check and all other limiting factors. We are not likely to be eaten by fierce animals, killed by disease or restricted by lack of food, water or adverse conditions. Therefore our numbers are increasing exponentially and we are using up space, resources and the natural environment. In the process we are killing off other species at an alarming rate. We do not seem to understand that we are part of a fragile ecosystem the destruction of which will destroy us. We do not recognise other life forms as possessing intelligence, consciousness or feelings. They are lesser forms of life to be cruelly destroyed or thoughtlessly eradicated.

Many of our species have formed a superstitious belief that we were ‘created’ and there is a wonderful ‘plan’ for us. They are not too bothered by the destruction around us. It is part of the ‘plan’.

Many of our species are sitting comfortably in their own little bubble in which the ‘real’ world does not intrude. That’s just how they like it.

Many of our species are obsessed with owning more whatever the cost.

Many of our species are living hand to mouth and trying desperately to survive. They will use and eat whatever comes their way.

Unless this is addressed on a global scale we will thoughtlessly destroy something that is miraculous.

I do not believe we will destroy life. What is left after we are gone, even if it is only bacterial slime, will form another incredible, but different ecosystem, after a few billion years.

It is the thoughtless cruelty I detest.

Of course we can do something about it and alter the Zeitgeist!!

There have been at least two Possibly five) catastrophic incidents in the Earth’s history where up to 97% of all species were wiped out. The others were caused by comet strikes or massive volcanic activity.

We are the third. More species are dying now due to our actions than has happened at any time in the world’s history outside of major cataclysmic events.

I can give you seven billion reasons why there are shortly going to be no tigers, whales, gorillas, orang-o-tang or chimps!

I can give you seven billion reasons, rising soon to ten billion, why there will shortly be no people.

I can give you seven billion reasons, and rising steeply, why the forests are being chopped down, the seas overfished, the air full of shit, the resources extracted, the water polluted, the woodland built on, the……………………………………………………

I can give you seven billion reasons, and counting, why there will be one thin layer in the rocks containing the remains of us.

The thing is that a billion is too big a number for the human mind to conceive.

Our planet has only been here five billion years.

Life has only been around three billion years.

We have only been around two hundred thousand years.

Civilisation has only lasted four thousand years and we have already created this mess.

What has caused this is very simple: too many selfish, greedy individuals leading a mad rush to get hold of more. Too many religious fanatics who do not care what happens here as they are busy planning for a fictitious after-life.

The answer is easy: start using our intelligence, harnessing our science and technology and electing leaders who are not megalomaniacs, sociopaths or war-crazed paranoids. We deserve to be led by sane, pleasant, helpful, caring people.

The first thing we have to do is limit our numbers before we leave no room for all the other creatures.

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2 thoughts on “Population and Ecology

  1. Does this mean you favour restrictions on how many children parents may have as practised previously in China or maybe infanticide?

    • I think it is much more complicated than that. Obviously I do not believe in infanticide! I would favour education, fairer distribution of wealth and access to contraception. In developed countries, where poverty and ignorance are less prevalent, the population has stabilised. If we raise people out of poverty, provide healthcare and social safety nets the population will start to reduce.

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