First Earth. Desire, Greed and Over Population

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Understanding in global responsibility.

Submitted: August 08, 2019

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The Earth has shrunk both physically, through actual geographic erosion process, and through modern communication technology. We're connected in a global realization of the changes we all bring about, those affecting the Earth, having impact upon everyone worldwide.

As the human race, how can we act responsibly for the benefit of our home? 

First, we must realize that no one group or individual is discluded; everyone plays a part when it comes to actions which harm the Earth.

Within the next thirty years or so, Earths human population is expected to exceed 9 billion. As one example of uncontrolled population which is continuing to have a negative result, consider the Ethiopia of today. In 2017 the population had reached 104.96 million. As of August 1st 2019 its number stands at 110.4 million, an increase of of about 6 million in two years.

Africa is a large continent which should be able to support its people, and yet famine and drought continue to plague.  Global climate change driven by world wide human action does increase the possibility of drought, that which affects the poorest of the population the most.

As for the more privledged of the populous, rampant greed brings conflict, causing refugee crisis resulting in more suffering. In the US every year, half of all the produce grown is thrown away due to an attitude of wanting 'only the best;' this wasteful habit is due to the high demand for 'blemish free produce.'

  Consider Ethopia again. The US could ship this less than perfect food to the hungry population of Africa, but in the end, it would only result in a temporary solution, with the people there eventually arriving at the square one reality of having to make a radical shift in behavior, something we all have to face world wide.

  If the human population continues to grow ( and it's predicted that it will) and climate change worsens, then what?

  Back when I was a parent of two young children, I considered having a third, thinking a daughter would be nice. But after mulling it over, I decided it was a selfish idea and didn't.

Impoverished or less so, rampant and self centered human desire is where we all must connect. The time of three, four and more children is over, no matter the individual social or economic circumstance.

Together, everyone must consider the welfare of the Earth first, for the future of humanity and the others we share the planet with.

 

Source material: Report, UN and IPCC, and The Guardian.

 


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