It is not ironic that we bring death up to the surface of the planet in the forms of fossil fuels that in turn cause so much death; it is tragic.
This article, and similar ones, are critical to our awareness of very real existential issues. Thank you Common Dreams, for posting these. We need to stay informed on these topics, depressing as they are.
Trump is temporary. Environmental degradation is permanent.
I guess they "forgot " they are human , breathe air and drink water.
Money trumps wildlife at every opportunity. The US should change its motto to kill kill, I wanna kill. Because that’s what they do best.
“The human footprint”?
“Overpopulation”, that which must not be mentioned.
In the trade war that the US engages in against China one of the measures China uses in retaliation was to indicate that they would stop receiving other nations garbage. This stuff is generally loaded up on ships and shipped to China where it dumped for recycling. Mountains of junk and garbage exist across China.
THIS measure sparked some of the greatest concern in the West with political leaders suggesting it was unwarranted. In the UK a group indicated that it was of the greatest concern that the UK Government send a delgation to China to negotiate in the hopes China would revers this policy . They are all too willing to “negotiate” when it comes to “You must accept our garbage” while when it comes to negotiating peace across the world and an end to the arms race, it off the table.
The United States has threatened to take this ban to the WTO with Canada joining in as they gravely concerned that the Chinese will stop importing this waste and junk . Garbage and scrap is the 6th largest export of items from the US to China.
Without bees- nobody eats. Without nature nobody lives- not even the monied.
Why can’t it be mentioned.? I’ve done tablings for population connection, and I will continue. This is the old zpg- so you can get involved or just pretend.
Trump is temporary but he and his ilk continue to do permanent damage.
I too support ZPG, NPG, Population Connection, Club of Rome, Limits to Growth and so on.
“Overpopulation” has been a loaded word that reeks of genocide, ethnic cleansing, holocaust, etc., so it is often substituted by nicer sounding words and phrases like “human footprint”.
Sort of like substituting the nicer sounding “conservative” for “authoritarian”, “autocratic”, “dictator”, “war monger”, “fear monger”, “coward”, “superstitious”, “reactionary”, “greedy” and “stupid”.
Or like substituting “Trump Administration” for “Trump Regime”. Or “earnings” for “profits”. Or “Defense Department” for “War Department”, etc.
I agree with you whole-heartedly about the word “overpopulation”. If “human footprint” refers to the same thing now, then I would feel the same way.
But I am old. I have heard it in the past in reference to reducing natural environmental damage. For example, reducing the human footprint in forest and parks by carrying out every everything you carried in. Reducing environmental damage regardless of the human exposure level to an environment.
I believe that with only two people on the planet, they could destroy the earth. That is how stupid people can get about conflict. So population is not the main problem with the earth.
Packaging, material selection, recycling, these are real issues which can be addressed.
I remember reading about some ancient city where the garbage was dumped in the street, and when it was high enough, or sickness came, the city just moved itself. That is what we are doing with our earth. Talk about moving to another planet is hilariously sad.
I agree entirely with your post with this exception. The earth can tolerate only so many elephants without destroying all the trees and so many humans without destroying just about everything else.
I live in China. I see daily the issues with reducing birthrates–students with peer to peer difficulties, shortage of young workers, a huge elderly group. I see cities with apartments up to the clouds almost, and no trees. Thankfully, I have been able to find small cities with less than half a million to work in!
However! If it were in my power, I’d reduce individual packaging, and encourage people to use their own shopping bags. In the US, dump the cars, develop public transit, work from home, bike or walk.
From a documentary, China’s problem is that there are not enough young people to care for a large elderly population. It seems that their single child solution to overpopulation came too late to balance without pain. Young Chinese may be faced with this problem until age differences normalize by attrition. Perhaps technology can help.
It is noteworthy that the Chinese acted humanely, not by stabilizing populations through war and without excluding immigrants.
Stop saying “not forgetting the eventual disaster due to climate change, unless the world wakes up.”… it wouldn’t make a bit of difference now… one example… global dimming… many others… if one would like to follow through with any kind of positive fight and actions that (would have)… made a difference… do it because it is the right thing to do… just do not be too attached to the outcome…
It is hard for me to believe that “chemtrails” are a real thing… I do not think that the geoengineering scheme has already been happening … I do not … I think it was a scheme cooked up by fossil fuel companies who tried to make people think the government was purposely trying to control/ change he weather… I read now that this is what scientist think MIGHT save us… ( I do not agree at all)… it would take a whole lot of evidence for me to think/ believe this is real…
This is off-topic, but radio-frequency tinnitus, a big problem. Can be exacerbated by metal fillings. Een the ceramic ones can have a metallic component as I found out when I had my amalgam fillings replaced. It can aggravate muscles around the neck and head, raise blood pressure. Drown it out with an open window or loud music. Use oils and creams. Do heavy metal detox.
Frequency weapons can be created by improperly wired homes. An electrician showed me an example of it in one place I stayed. An old electrician’s manual can indicate hundreds of ways to wire incorrectly that produces dangerous situations including negative health effects, and frequency emissions… Higher modern frequency supply to old wiring, lack of sufficient fuses, LED, fluorescent, inadequate ground,all create problems.
China doesn’t do Facebook, twitter, Instagram, google, most blogs, and videos except for mainstream news. I used to think it was just blocking information, but now I suspect it keeps out all kinds of of trash. VPNs are not common now either.