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Re: We Killed the Pacific Ocean
When it’s all said and done, it’s about people – too many of them. And still we spend trillions of dollars finding ways to enhance opportunities to multiply, save infants that ordinarily have no chance of survival or even a normal life, keep people alive long after they should be dead, negating nature’s process of thinning out the species. All in the name of humanity. All in the face of an exponentially growing global population.
All the pollution on the planet, be it plastic or CO2 or anything else, is derived as the result of people. Plastic in itself is not a problem – it is the vast quantity of it that has to be produced to satisfy the clamoring masses. This from a website called “Treehugger” (FWIW) “Out of the 50 billion bottles of water being bought in the US each year, 80% end up in a landfill, even though recycling programs exist.” (This is not a dig at the US, this is a global phenomenon). So accelerate the population growth – accelerate the pollution. More people, more power stations, more CO2, more plastic.
The planet has only so much it can produce. When we have consumed that, it’s all over. Two movies from my youth come to mind – Soylent Green and The Hellstrom Chronicle. When we saw those movies we thought “science fiction” – now they are fast becoming reality. Whilst we can genetically engineer crops to produce more, we can’t genetically alter the oceans to produce more fish. We can’t genetically alter the people who will continue to rape the resource in search of another dollar. And we can’t genetically engineer people who already have no food to stop them from creating another mouth to feed.
Humanity as a species is nothing more than a blip in the life of Planet Earth. We have this arrogance that allows us to believe that we will continue to exist forever and that this planet needs us when we all know that humanity is just another snapshot in Earth’s great picture book. The encouraging thing in all of this is that the planet will always survive. Humanity not so much. When we’re all long gone, the planet will rehabilitate itself and start afresh. Who knows what it will have as its inhabitants but then again who cares? It just won’t be us.
Maybe our collective wisdom will carry through and the next species will be better at preserving their version of the planet than we are/ were.
So to the belief that we can collectively do something to reverse the destructive trend – for each one of us that cares there are 1,000 people who either couldn’t give a toss or are unable to. Those are not very positive odds.
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