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The Problems of the Population Explosion Will Increasingly Overlap

Our problems from population overgrowth focus mostly on food, and are not decreasing.  As I have suggested in past posts, famine will be a key element of the global collapse humanity is racing towards, and this article describes the current status of our global food infrastructure.  This additional article provides even more detail.  Unfortunately, it appears we are steadily losing ground and on a path to disaster. Continue reading

Will Religion Help or Hinder in the Growing Overpopulation Crisis?

Religion typically requires faith, the suspension of disbelief and reason, an extreme gullibility, if only temporary.  My worry is that many religious people don’t return to reason.   Such people can be very difficult to deal with. Some of them are fanatics, or are evolved into fanatics by clever manipulation.  Isn’t reason essential to our survival? Continue reading

What Ever Happened to the “Better Mouse Trap”?

Back in the early 20th century they had a saying: “Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door.” What happened? I just don’t hear much about individual inventors any more, though I am sure they are out there.  Part of the reason must be that today’s mass media don’t report on such things like they once did.  Another may be that people are both afraid of getting tangled in patent and copyright lawsuits and afraid to let anyone know about their inventions for fear their ideas would be stolen.  Still a third reason may be that our current cutting edge technologies are all seen as being too expensive or requiring too much knowledge for the average person to attempt, leaving invention to the academics and corporate researchers.  This is all unfortunate, for individual inventiveness was surely one of the great strengths of the American economy going back to the inception of the country. Continue reading

Why and How Do We Avoid Addressing Global Warming and Similar Problems?

A brilliant article opened my eyes about how and why we keep ducking our biggest problems. I recently came across an article by Dr. Albert Bandura that is simply a brilliant analysis of human behavior as relates to the need for sustainability, and I put it in my sidebar of favorite links.  Since then what I read has kept coming back to me, as I think his paper explains a great deal about why we are where we are today.  I have long been perplexed that the main stream media almost never brings up overpopulation as a problem, and only global warming has gotten anywhere near the attention such problems deserve (though energy shortages are an up-and-coming second, and water shortages not far behind).  Dr. Bandura’s article is deep and scientific, and not the easiest to read for a variety reasons, perhaps more than anything because it describes us, but also because it is written in the language of psychology.  For that reason I have written this entry to try to break down into simpler language what is going on.  Why do people keep doing things we know are bad for our future, and why do they ignore or dispute the facts? Continue reading

Education Provides Hope for Sustainability, Though Some Forces Oppose It

Improvements in education are needed to ease the path to sustainability.  Creativity and critical thinking will be needed to deal with the problems of overpopulation, and educational systems that promote these skills aren’t always prevalent, and are not without opposition in both the developed and undeveloped countries.  Berenice Bleedorn, a major proponent of creativity development in educational and other settings, wrote the following:

Although some of the planet’s resources are finite, the reason for unwarranted optimism is that the HUMAN MIND IS UNLIMITED IN ITS CAPACITY TO THINK, grow, plan ahead, and act in terms for the common good.

In the developed countries, opposition to good education is amplified by the media, however, while in underdeveloped countries it may come from both religious and government groups. Continue reading

Unsustainable Consumption Levels Point to the Population Problem

It is clear that the main driver for the increasing cost and decreasing availability of natural resources is consumption, so, at some point, consumption must decline, unless we can find ways to make the products we use out of dirt (finite, with other issues), water (low cost supplies already diminishing), or air (quality already compromised in highest population areas).  Interestingly, projects have been in place to make bricks out of dirt (link) for centuries, but they are uneconomical in the developed world because they trade off material cost for labor cost.  Contaminated dirt is also a problem.  Consumption reduction is still needed, though.  How will that happen? Continue reading