a reply to: Soloprotocol
Thomas Malthus was one of the first more modern philosophers to address the issue of overpopulation. In 1798 he began making predictions on what he
considered to be the problem of un-checked human population growth. He has been held as insightful by many and as a misguided fool by others.
More recently bringing attention to the growth problem was Paul Ehrlich in 1968 in his best seller "The Population Bomb" which offered dire warnings
of starvation unless there was a concerted effort at population control.
One of the first environmental protests was organized by Stewart Brand in 1969 to call attention to the population problem.
" Stewart Brand is showing legendary photographer Robert Frank's documentary about Stewart's crazy 1969 "happening" in which a bunch of hippies
cornered themselves into a parking lot life boat and fasted -- once you left you couldn't come back in -- to highlight global overpopulation."
I was one of those crazy hippies in that protest. We fasted for seven days but got little news coverage beyond the SF bay area. To this day it is next
to impossible to find reference to this event. That book and that event did much to effect my personal life for the next decades.
However that article continues with this
"Stewart will be showing this rare film on Friday at Fort Mason (SF) while highlighting Stewart's newest fear -- global DEpopulation. It is not
often someone changes their mind with such public nakedness."
[ Birthrates are plummeting worldwide. Already half the world has "sub-replacement" birthrates. The dearth of babies coming means the makeup of
human populations is about to change drastically, and that will affect everything. Radical population increase defined the 20th century; radical
population decrease could well define our current century. This form of decrease---losing the young and keeping the old--- is something humanity has
never experienced before.]
Seems that these concerns along with the fact that in the faltering global economy parents find they can no longer support and raise more than one or
two children is indeed bringing about the halt in population growth. In the past, overpopulation and the other bomb, human refuse(garbage) were
thought to go hand in hand. Now, however, though the population trend is changing, the growth of human refuse continues unabated. As your pictures
We are still in the thrall, as khnum offers above, to over and non-sustainable consumption.
Thanks for the pictures. It is always good to be reminded