“In 90 years – a blink of an eye in ecological and geological time – the human population has gone from two billion to over seven billion. Another one billion people are added every 12-15 years, such exponential growth in human population can only end in collapse. Of these, a billion extravagantly over-consume (including a few hundred individuals who have amassed half of Earth’s wealth) as another billion live in abject poverty on less than $1.50 a day.

“Concurrently capitalism has manufactured all types of artificial needs for consumption to which the vast majority aspire, and which can never be universalized at current population densities. Thus globally devastating inequity is assured. Each of these manufactured desires is fulfilled through apocalyptic polluting of the atmosphere and liquidating of natural ecosystems that have evolved over eons and make Earth habitable.”

GarryRogers Nature Conservation

GR: Like an empty deck chair bumping in the wind, I’ve repeated this warning over and over. I’ve tried to find new ways to phrase it, new associations to tie it to, and more reasons that we must search for a solution. I’ve tried to stir anger at inequities, greed, and the corruption of public servants. Great writers, speakers, and leaders have tried as well. And yet the river carrying our little canoe continues on toward the growing rumble of a great falls. The rumble is beyond the blaring horns and sussurating tires on pavement that surrounds us, but if you listen for the calls of birds and crickets you may hear it in the empty spaces they no longer fill.

In the article below, Dr. Glen Barry mixes resignation and hope and suggests that we can still stop before the falls–we just need to “believe in a better world…

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2 thoughts on “Time of Great Dying: Population Bomb Bursts, the End of Old-Growth Forests, and the Great Awakening

  1. Robert, the bad news keep heaping up. Our social scientists saw the population bomb coming decades ago. When I was an undergraduate at the University of Guyana in the late 1970s, I chose the topic of our need for population control as my final year sociology thesis. (Geography was my major; Sociology was my minor.) I spent months extensively researching the issue.

    I was a nun at the time. My proposals for population control, based on the findings of the United Nations, shocked the nun-in-charge of the community where I lived. God takes care of overpopulation, she told me, through natural disasters like earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, and drought.

    Well, here we are today. The human bomb is fully loaded.

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