Too Many People, Too Much Stuff

September 5, 2008 • News

Listen to an interview with Paul Ehrlich on NPR conducted by Diane Rehm at Thanks to Steve Kurtz for the article below by Paul and Anne Ehrlich.

Over some 60 million years, Homo sapiens has evolved into the dominant animal on the planet, acquiring binocular vision, upright posture, large brains, and — most importantly — language with syntax and that complex store of non-genetic information we call culture. However, in the last several centuries we’ve increasingly been using our relatively newly acquired power, especially our culturally evolved technologies, to deplete the natural capital of Earth — in particular its deep, rich agricultural soils, its groundwater stored during ice ages, and its biodiversity — as if there were no tomorrow.

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