Talking About the Ecological Elephant In The Room

April 28, 2015 • Daily Email Recap

Ecological Elephant In The Room?

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Tom Butler of the Foundation for Deep Ecology talks about a gorgeous – and disturbing – new coffee table book of photojournalism, Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot.

When it comes to environmental catastrophe, whether that means climate change, poisoned water, soil and air, or a whole host of other massive environmental threats, there’s one huge elephant in the room: overpopulation. According to earth scientist James Lovelock, the carrying capacity of our Earth is about 2 billion people. We are on track to have 10 billion by mid-century [note: UN medium variant projects 9.5 billion by 2050; the high variant projects 10.8 billion].

We are like Wile E. Coyote who has already run off the cliff and just hasn’t looked down yet to realize his predicament. Either we limit our families to a sustainable size, or we will crash like Wily.

But few are paying attention. The population hocky stick curve continues to accelerate. Even China has ended its One Child Policy. A new global campaign and accompanying book aim to end our complacency – not by citing the grim statistics, but by engaging our emotions. In more than 300 stunning photographs, ranging from the spectacular natural beauty we are losing to the shocking impact of humans on the planet, Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot illustrates the ecological and social tragedies of our ballooning numbers and consumption.

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