a reply to: DaRAGE
There is no person with the moral authority to make any other choice on behalf of the human race. The overpopulation issue should be solved by other
means, including but not limited to the expansion of humanity throughout near space, the creation of alternative energy production methods en mass,
the banning of the use of fossil fuels, and an introduction of international regulations on the use of plastics, specifically regarding to phasing out
all disposable items made from fossil products, to be replaced with much longer lasting articles.
Built in obsolescence in an engineered product, requiring the premature disposal of an otherwise functional piece of tech or equipment, being used as
a business model by hardware manufacturers should be made a criminal offence in all nations, and any company using such methods should be liquidated
and its operations handled by either other companies who are on board with the effort to reduce fossil product use, or the government of the nation in
which the offence is committed.
Solar initiatives should be enacted to ensure that the roofs of every building in every nation where it would be useful, are covered in solar panels
of increasing efficiency and durability. Grid based power production and distribution should end, with each building collecting its own power from
exclusively renewable sources. All new housing should be built with flooring that absorbs footfalls and converts their energy into electrical energy,
and can do the same whenever a drawer, cupboard, or access is opened or closed, and be built to be cool in summer, and warm in winter, without the use
of a home wide heating or air conditioning system. This last could be achieved by use of what are sometimes referred to as passive climate control
techniques. This refers to a method of designing and building a house, which uses materials and design characteristics which passively optimise the
internal climate, without the need for powered devices of any kind to achieve the desired result.
Recycling initiatives ought to be properly funded, rather than being an afterthought. At the moment, only roughly twelve percent of what a household
in my nation throws away to be recycled, actually makes it to the recycling stations. The rest is thrown onto landfill despite being marked for
recycling. Recycling methods should recieve vast investment, so that methods which require no sorting of the trash can be developed, capable of
sifting rubbish automatically, and the useful remains should ALL be sold to manufacturers, or used in the development of sustainable housing (there
are materials which can be used to build houses, which are made of recycled household waste products).
Furthermore, to expand the amount of available housing, land which is owned privately, but not being used (you would be amazed how often this
happens) will be purchased by either central or local government without the owners explicit consent, and built upon, instead of expanding into
untamed woodland, wetlands, national parks, or areas of special scientific interest.
Fracking will be straight up banned.
In summary, I would seek a solution which involved the whole human race as it is today, rather than killing off a percentage so a few greedy souls
could continue as normal without fear of destroying themselves and the planets resources. We march forward as one, or we move not at all. Put another
way, I would rather kill the human race off completely, than kill even a single human for the betterment of another.
edit on 16-6-2015 by TrueBrit because: Grammatical improvements.