Human Overpopulation: Expose the Pink Elephant

Human Overpopulation: Expose the Pink Elephant // Jun 29, 2018

A cyclone wreaks death and destruction on delta, with death toll estimates of 15,000, then 2,000,000, settling on 500,000. We will never know for sure, since most bodies were washed out to sea.

We will blame the cyclone, ocean temperatures, jet streams, Arctic temperature amplification, or people for living in harms way.  But we never blame overpopulation. We rarely acknowledge exponential population growth stressing resources and crowding people into tiny regions prone to catastrophe. We must come to grips with overpopulation [1].
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[1] Link to World Meters, World Population, here.
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3 Responses to Human Overpopulation: Expose the Pink Elephant

  1. nickreality65 says:

    All 7+E9 people on earth today would stack easily, if somewhat uncomfortably, within half of the Grand Canyon.

    That’s NOT TTTOOOO!! many people.

    There’s been whining and quacking about population for 50 years and those hysterical whiners are still wrong.

    Whatever the REAL problem is it’s not the number.

    I think it’s a bunch of selfish progressive snowflake A-holes who got theirs and don’t want to share. They would really like to just shoot in the head everyone they consider excessive and useless (third world, Africa, China, India, etc.), but holding them in poverty, disease and violence with anti-fossil fuel green agendas doesn’t leave such obvious fingerprints.


  2. One person is, of course, less of a burden on ecosystems that 7.6 billion. But then Paul Ehrlich wrote in his writings that half of the above total was far to much for the planet. Although he was arguably incorrect, or inaccurate, what he did not write about was an alternative with which the Earth could absorb our kind and still be relatively healthy.

    Very few mention overpopulation since it is an arbitrary number that is mostly proposed by those who have sets of parameters on which they base their numbers. In essence, there are many species which outnumber us in mass and in energy consumption, and do not threaten the earth’s environments. What is needed is to analyse species that do outnumber us and to ask ourselves why it is that these species can live in relative harmony with nature while we cannot.

    The answers are simple, and available. So why aren’t we looking for them, at them…. ? People who think there are too many of us seldom personally volunteer to reduce our numbers, and so viable solutions need to be found to remedy the ongoing dilemma, which is not a dilemma at all.


  3. Dale Lanan says:

    Looking danger in the eye
    There are not enough 2C
    Though evidence is Real,
    The Work needed to Fix
    the harm done biosphere
    Needs all hands on deck
    Working with dire desire
    To Be kind to Time Tiger
    To let the Sparrows Sing


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