A Rant on the Human World Overpopulation

Perhaps this will allow me to post the entire writing I attempted to post, earlier, and was told that it was limited to 140 characters.

Fundamentalist religions, especially the Catholic church, are steering us toward total disaster in regard to the environment, global warming, animal extinctions at alarming and unprecedented rates.  How, you might ask.  Obviously, the more people, the more resources u sed, the more land and forests destroyed for homes, streets, mines of various types, et bloody cetera.  We seriously need to reduce our world population to pre-1950 levels, and maybe even more. 

Attrition would do it except for the fact that we still have a ridiculous fertility rate among third-world countries, of which the U.S. is rapidly becoming due to the horrendous influx of Hispanic immigrants, both legal and illegal.  They are generally from exceptionally poor countries and are superstitious (religious) primarily in the Catholic faith.

Fortunately (maybe), many women of said faith are ignoring the tenets of their churches because they want control over their own bodies and the number of children they bear, if any are, in fact, desired.

In other words, these superstitious and controlling institutions seem to be wanting THE END to come in their lifetimes and are doing their best to accelerate the process.

Many, If not most, of the environmental groups are afraid to address the population issue, except for Zero Population Growth and Negative Population Growth and a few others. 

As to allowing all of these aliens into our country, statistics show that we could take in millions of poor immigrants, each year, and it would make not whit of difference to the world overpopulation problem.

You'll find that many environmentalists, like myself, are atheist or agnostic.  The religious institutions that preach watching over and protecting humankind and our wildlife are seriously deficient in that they are much more concerned with little globs of cells in a woman's body than humans and animals that are already alive and need assistance. 

You'll notice that nearly all of those who speak out against birth control are old, fat, balding white men who do not know or care about the women whose lives they are seeking to control.

Rant over for now.

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Comment by The Civilizationalist on December 30, 2013 at 1:10am

A different opinion from yours:

Over population is a myth - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsAracLBCxI


Comment by _Robert_ on December 30, 2013 at 7:49am

The Population Research Institute was founded in 1989 by Paul Marx, a Catholic priest and Benedictine monk


Enough said. Real science doesn't have an agenda.

Comment by Kairan Nierde on December 30, 2013 at 3:44pm


Comment by Kairan Nierde on December 30, 2013 at 3:49pm

Can I add that overpopulation is only part of the picture. The Western lifestyle (especially the American lifestyle) consumes far more resources than other ways of living. Now we have cultural hegemony and are spreading desire for the American lifestyle...As developing nations rise, if their energy and resource consumption is patterend off of the American way of living, that is a grave problem. How many Earths do they say are needed to support our current lifestyle? I can't remember the answer...but I know it was more than one.

Comment by Ed on December 31, 2013 at 8:35am

@ Kairan

Americans wrote the book on consumerism. We are a wasteful bunch and I don't see any indication things will change any time soon.

Comment by Ed on December 31, 2013 at 8:41am

As a civilization if we eliminated the scourge of war and worked together globally we could easily feed the masses. The question is one of resource sustainability. We have a terrible record of stewardship toward the planet, especially since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution. Less people would certainly make the task of removing our out of control carbon footprint more achievable.

Things will only get much worse unfortunately and I hope you younger generations can do a better job managing our beautiful orb.

Comment by jb2013 on December 31, 2013 at 10:08am

Good  rant. I have to add to it. I really believed in the 1960's that if we each did our share and not over populate the planet we could make a difference. So I didn't have kids. I figured that the right thing to do would be to adopt if you want kids. So now what? We have a 3rd world invasion of people who want an anchor baby? They have one in the belly one in their arms and one in a stroller and a few hanging onto their skirt. It is not just here in the US but it is the same in Europe with their low indigenous population being replaced by immigrants who move in and take over their culture. If there is a food source that is not being used then someone is going to get in there and populate it until some disaster cuts us back. We could send them back to their own countries and let  them have their disaster back home. They have land to produce food. They need to fix their corrupt governments not ditch the country and come here. They are here to live off the fruits of our ancestors labor and we stand by and let it happen because we are nice. (or is stupid a better word?)

Comment by jb2013 on December 31, 2013 at 10:45am

Well, I just looked at that video about world population. Just when you think you know it all,  some one comes up with scientific evidence.Yippes everything I know is wrong? You mean they are good for this country? Oh well, I'll have to stick around and see how this works out. Hurray for cheap tomatoes.

Over population is a myth - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsAracLBCxI


Comment by Ben Arnold on December 31, 2013 at 7:20pm

Golly, Gee, people actually read this?   Terrific.

I gather RobertPiano's comment was in response to the Overpopulation is a Myth video.  I may watch the video, later, but I've been a part of the environmental community for more than two decades and those who believe in myths are the last people I'd go to for answers.  I am a scientist, an Electrical Engineer, and I learned long ago how to separate the wheat from the chaff.

I agree with Kairan Nierde that our own society is exceptionally wasteful, but with fewer people to support, the earth could manage to feed well the entire population.  If we eliminated our wasteful ways, we still could not support those who are in dire need of food and fresh water.

I agree with Ed that our situation is going to get much worse before it reverses itself and that will take action, not just talking about it, by our so-called leaders.  Science has known that we were in for a hard time of it, many years ago, and,  only now that the world is beginning to see the results of our over-consumerism and overpopulation are our "leaders" (some of them, anyway) trying to face the facts and those facts have had to be jammed down their throats for years before many of them wised up.

jb2013, are you going to change your handle, tomorrow, to jb2014?  I agree with you, as well, about the younger generation, but I'm a sixties child, too, and our generation changed a lot of things about the world, including, but not limited to, environmental awareness.  We didn't invent it; we just embraced it.  The "Greatest" generation (the one before us) discovered much of this, but it had not reached a crisis point, yet, so nothing was done.

As to sustainability, we are already past the point of sustainability, which is why we must send food and supplies to third world countries to help them feed their children.  Their wars are over water and other resources, besides religion, of course; land to raise crops comes from forests which cleanse our air.  There's just too much to mention, here.

Social pressures such as war and food and clean air and water are all affected by too many people needing too much of all of the above.  We're soon, within decades, going to be living on smaller bits of land because the oceans are expanding because of our pollution because of our demand for luxuries and ease.  Oddly enough, as Ed mentions, the Industrial Revolution sped up our downfall and the same technologies that have destroyed so much are going to have to be directed toward remedying the problems. 

We humans are the virus which is infecting the planet, but  Mother Nature will take care of her own.  When we reach a critical stage in population, even more millions will die each year from disease and starvation; maybe even billions.  What happens when the tropical diseases start to hit the subtropical zones?  What happens when fluid-exchange type diseases mutate and become airborne?  What happens when terrible tidal waves and hurricanes and tornadoes become bigger and more terrible, killing millions instead of a mere hundred thousands or thousands?

Mother Nature will protect herself and her children and that does not necessarily mean us..

I can't rant anymore right now.  It's exasperating even when people do not play devil's advocate and bring up mythological arguments against the problems we're facing and our children will be facing; not sure if we'll have to concern ourselves with any generations after that.  Can any of us?  "In the Year 2525..."

Comment by Ben Arnold on December 31, 2013 at 7:28pm

I made one big mistake in my original Rant.  I meant to say that many of the environmental groups are afraid to address the problem of illegal and legal immigrants to this country.  They are aware and do address the overpopulation problem, just not as it relates to our own country.

Thank you, all, for your comments.


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