The climate deniers’ heads, unfortunately, are not firmly buried in the sand. The whole bunch of them have their heads deeply infested with the almost always fatal corporate illness called, willful posterior craniosis ( voluntarily putting your head up a .01%ers stinky old arse ).
This disease is caused by excessive consumption of all things monetary in orientation. Such things as exorbitant salaries and bonuses, under the table cash payments, stocks placed in unregulated offshore banks , lavish paid expense accounts, free vacations at private estates with exotic escort services, etc. etc. etc. Money laundering services with a deep massage as well; you know, the type that would make Jeffrey Epstein’s former personal concierge blush. And possibly even make him shut off the recording equipment hidden in the lighting system.
Same as it ever was in The Empire.
So it goes…
The US Navy, which might be expected to know at least as much about water as some sold-out Cato Institute cranks, believes global warming is real, and is revising its threat assessments accordingly. (search “US Navy + global warming” for starters)
Overpopulation and inequality, major causes of the climate crisis, are not addressed in the media. An overpopulation question to Bernie led to accusations of Nazism. Nothing must be said or done about this taboo. And a captive market can’t fix gross inequality.
Trump and his denialist cons are arguably doing more to restore the balance of nature than libs and progressives are. They are daily bombing and killing men, women and children faster than they can reproduce. Resulting inequality is slated to finish the job.
To let cruel nature kill us off is the supreme stupidity for an intelligent species with the knowhow and means to control our population through family planning. To share resources more equitably.
But nature doesn’t care if the lion kills the lamb or if conservatives kill us off. Its balance is the priority.
For the first time last year, there were more people on Earth who were 65 and over than children under 5.
The Pew Research Center forecasts that by 2100, the world’s population will reach 10.9 billion, with annual growth of less than 0.1% — a drastic fall from the current rate.
China’s population is expected to peak in 2031. In 2016, after the one-child policy was abandoned, there were 17.86 million births. This dropped to 17.2 million in 2017 and 15.2 million in 2018 – the third-lowest rate since the foundation of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. In China in 2017, the ratio was six workers in the 20-64 age bracket supporting one senior citizen at least 65 years old. This will decline to 2.0 workers in 2039 and 1.6 in 2050. Average fertility rates in Taiwan and Hong Kong from 2001 to 2018 were 1.14 and 1.07 respectively. These areas all fall within China’s cultural sphere. Measured by the proportion of 65+ and the old age dependency ratio, China will age as much in the next 22 years as most Western economies have done in the last 60-70 years — and at far lower levels of income per head, and with a much less developed social security system.
While the populations of Japan and South Korea are projected to decline after 2020. India’s population is expected to grow until 2059, when it will reach 1.7 billion. The fertility rates are falling all around the world.
There are three solutions, make the elderly work longer, encourage immigration and increase productivity levels. All have political and economic ramifications under capitalism.
Robber baron Capitalism is the biggest cause of Climate change and wealth inequity, how about we corral and capture the serpent before we worry about whether or not we want to train it, or eat it.
The global emphasis on economic growth tends to make us think in dollars and cents instead of population growth, a necessary requirement for the former. Sustainable growth is an oxymoron. Unlimited growth is cancer.
There is no poverty in a healthy environment and that requires a sustainable human population
The things that reduce our numbers are good things anyway: equality; empowerment and education for all especially women; security in sickness, old age and hard times; free access to all family planning services. But the climate crisis is so dire and urgent we have to solve it in the next decade or it will be too late, and reducing our numbers so fast would in itself be a catastrophe by itself, no matter how it was done.
The rich cause almost all of climate catastrophe and the larger ecological crisis, in direct proportion to their riches. The poorest six billion people emit only about 20% of the GHGs, and the poorer one is, the less one emits. Since the only groups still growing from births vs. deaths are the poorest, population growth is now having almost no effect on the crisis. And our numbers will soon be shrinking, as death rates rise faster and faster.
But neither growth in numbers or economy is the ultimate problem; those are both caused by a society-wide mental illness that afflicts the rich the most. It has elements of malignant narcissism like that that infects the president–a combination of psychopathy and Narcissistic Personality Disorder. But it also involves addiction, lifelong attachment disorders started in infancy or before, and what might be thought of as civilizational acquired autism. The best name for it is Wetiko disease.
What we need to do ranges from the logistical–replacing fossil fuels with a massive emergency buildup of clean safe renewable energy, reforestation, transformation of agriculture to organic permaculture–to the health-instilling–physical, emotional, and ecological, inextricably intertwined. To survive long enough to heal the sickness civilization needs to accomplish those logistical tasks in the next 10 years or less.
So do you condemn the poor to remain forever impoverished?
No socialist talks of unlimited growth but we do aspire to a steady-state zero-growth economy but only once we have raised people to a decent standard of living which will need not be the over-consumerism wasteful consumption of American society. This can be done in harmony with the needs of the environment. Imagine if we could re-allocate all the resources that are currently devoted to the military-industrial complex.
But you are right, present capitalist society equates everything to dollars and cents. Socialism is about creating a world where production is for use and not for profit.