Population growth is clearly our planet’s number-one problem
You don’t need to be a ‘greenius’ to know that our numbers are growing too fast for planet Earth – so why don’t we do anything about it, asks Alex Proud
There are so many elephants in the room these days that I often find myself wondering if those ancient Hindu cosmologists might have been on to something. Perhaps the world really is just one giant room, supported on the back of four elephants. I’m not sure what this means for the giant turtle on whose back the elephants are meant to be standing. Perhaps turtles are the new elephants.
Anyway, in the modern British discourse, our unaddressed elephants make for depressing reading. The NHS going broke in a decade. Plump-pensioned, equity-rich septuagenarians sunning themselves in the Maldives while the young can barely afford the rent on someone else’s buy to let dump. The last Londoner moving out of Zone One. Corporations with more power than sovereign states. The worst PM in living memory. An opposition leader who makes him look good.
But while these are big problems, they’re not the biggest problem. The bull elephant of problems was bought home to me a month ago when the WWF released its Living Planet Report which said that half the wild animals in the world (no doubt some of them elephants) had disappeared in the last 40 years. There’s only one reason for this. And that is us. The world’s hyper-successful, amped-up, technologically-leveraged apex predator. More of us means less of them. Sorry turtles. Sorry pandas. Sorry elephants. The world is finite and there’s only so much space.
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