There are limits to our finite resources in this world.
the problems: depletion of natural resources, the polluting of the world’s oceans, and species endangerment from rapid loss of habitat
The world’s ecosystem, its biota (fauna and flora) cannot support so many people (7.6 billion persons) at this high a level of consumption. No matter how smart we are, no matter the reallocation of resources, no matter how much recycling we can do, these limits or constraints are real and are relatively inelastic (not easily changed).
This manmade global warming hoax needs to be let go off, and we need to focus our efforts on the real damage to the environment not from solar cycles that we cannot alter, but from our reckless disregard of conservation and stewardship principles and practices. The over fishing of the ocean is leading to predictions of a largely lifeless ocean by mid-century. Fishing hauls have been declining in many of the world’s fisheries for many years now. With 25,000 tons of plastic entering the ocean each day around the globe, by mid-century, there may be more plastic (by total mass) in the ocean than fish. In Africa, it is no longer the rhinos and the elephants that are endangered (mainly by poaching). The various species of giraffe are on decline all over the continent due to the loss of habitat. The loss of habitat is not due to alleged climate change but is caused by the swelling human population and the resulting heavier demands placed upon the land by human agriculture (both crops and herds). Similarly, many species of animals are in serious decline in southeast Asia, India and in China from loss of habitat.
(For human populations at this time in man’s history and development, responsible spacing of births and limitation of family size are needed; but we do not endorse coercive population control measures such as the world has seen in China since the late 1970s. These can be achieved through greater education and without forcing abortion on to traditional societies that do not want it.)
We can develop and utilize the natural resources of the planet responsibly. The technical know-how is available. We can conserve and preserve the planet’s resources for future generations. Habitats necessary for the survival of many species of animals can be protected. More responsible practices are needed in the areas of resource development and management, and consumer habits. Current overfishing is not preserving/conserving the resources of the ocean.
Whether we humans will meet these challenges both constructively and successfully, depends on us and our collective decisions and actions. Honest recognition of the problems is a needed first step. But, consider that if we do not pay attention and continue along on our path of reckless disregard for the planet’s ecosystem, the next mass extinction event may be caused by man’s actions, and not by an exotic cause such as an asteroid or meteor impact. And, such a mass extinction will also cause the deaths of a large portion of the human population of the world. The time is short – by mid-century, the oceans may be largely lifeless, at least in terms of commercially viable fishing to feed human populations. (As well, this will be a catastrophic disruption of the food chain for many animals (such as sea birds) that depend on the oceans for food.) This time frame is well within the life expectancies of younger readers. Man’s myopic living for the present will not only result in his own demise, but the planet will become rather inhospitable to most species that we know today.
Will people rise to the serious challenge? Or, will they be too busy, too absorbed, too distracted with their consumerism, their time expended on social media, and for some, with their hopes for the fulfillment of “end-times” prophecies, to care enough to act decisively in time?
Here are just a few practical things you can do.
Use and reuse glass bottles instead of plastic bottles. Store provided plastic grocery bags are being phased out in some states. Opt for paper bags or bring your own bags (canvas, cloth or paper) in for reuse when buying groceries. Wash and reuse cloth diapers. Promote recycling efforts so that plastic can be reprocessed rather than ending up in the ocean. Get involved in efforts to raise public awareness of these issues. Petition your government to take steps to curb the over fishing of the oceans of the world. International cooperation is needed here. Support sustainable agriculture.
Our feature images are courtesy of my wife who took these while on an ocean cruise a few years back.
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