We haven’t been here very long, geologically speaking. Even less long, if your religious tradition requires you to subscribe to the best science available to goatherds three thousand years ago. – Murrmurrs
My friend Peter has some concerns.
I’m no expert in the migration of populations, but I believe that our species is witnessing a major, millennial evolutionary shift in this regard. To support the exponential growth in our human population, we have exploited the planet, its climates and its resources to the point where the inhabitants of vast areas of the globe can no longer find the means for survival in their ancestral location. In desperation — and, interestingly, as in ancient times — many are forced to migrate in order to ensure their own survival, and in increasingly alarming numbers. There is a seemingly unstoppable population shift under way; people with different mores, different religions, different cultures, different dietary habits are moving in mass into areas that do not understand or welcome them. The resultant friction can turn, as it did in Norway, into a volatile explosive force.
We are so afraid that someone else is going to get a tiny piece of the pie.
With global population expected to surpass 7 billion people this year, the staggering impact on an overtaxed planet is becoming more and more evident. A two-pronged response is imperative: empower women to make their own decisions on childbearing and rein in our excessive consumption of resources.
This is a good article, well-considered and -presented. Unfortunately, most of the people who need to heed probably don’t read publications from Yale.
So what if the world’s overpopulated, half of its citizens don’t get enough to eat, and the sea level’s rising? Let’s just go out and have another half dozen kids for the greater honor and glory of our local deity. (Pardon me if I seem bitter. My granddaughter’s got to live in the pile of shit we’re leaving behind, and it’s mostly due to people who put myth ahead of common sense.)