Low Consumption Lifestyle? What a laugh…
Problems of conservation and population have at least one thing in common-they are often ignored and almost always grossly underestimated as causes of other problems we can’t ignore: traffic congestion, air pollution, deforestation, water issues (availability; quality) and sundry diseases attributed to anomalies of environment, nutrition and modern life in general. It’s a relatively small step to a connect-the-dots recognition that many of the burning issues of the day-including actual conflagrations (raging forest fires in Colorado, for example)-are part of a larger fabric that has people everywhere, the global 99 percent, now living in increasingly overcrowded cities, driving to work on congested highways, cramming into chock-a-bloc buses and trams and enjoying less-and-less private space.
Mention conservation in a conversation and you’re likely to get a lot of blank stares. Suggest the need for Americans to consume less and the reaction is likely to be more demonstrative: sneers or guffaws. We’re fat and happy and this is America. The world is a mess but it’s not our fault and, anyway, we’re bullet proof.
Just two years ago, in October 2011, the world population clock struck 7 billion. The event hardly caused a ripple in the mainstream news media, but many of us can think back to a time in our lives when the world was much, much less crowded. One of my neighbors, Dorothy, recently celebrated her 90th birthday. When Dorothy was born, there were fewer than 2 billion inhabitants making claims on the Earth’s finite resources.
Think about it: 2 billion versus 7 billion. And that’s not a temporary condition. Barring a catastrophe like another Ice Age or a giant asteroid colliding with Planet Earth, this teeming mass of humanity is here to stay, and, worse news for the environment, the population balloon is still inflating.
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