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Throughout human history there was always some new part of the ocean to plunder, some new forest to devour, some new farmlands to exploit, noted Carl Pope, executive director of the Sierra Club, who came to observe the Bali conference. But "now that economic development has become the prerogative of every country," he said, we've run out of virgin oceans and lands "for new rising economic powers to exploit."
...too many countries are now chasing too few fish, trees and water resources, and are either devouring their own or plundering those of neighbors at alarming rates.
Indeed, today's global economy has become like a monster truck with the gas pedal stuck, so no one can stop it from wiping out more and more of the natural world, no matter what the global plan.
Originally posted by goosedawg
Whichever side of the fence one may find themselves concerning "climate change" or "global warming" there's one indisputable fact that must be factored into this contentious equation: mankind is flat running out of untapped resources to exploit.
Originally posted by NGC2736
reply to post by jsobecky
Still, in the long term we have no choice except to colonize other planets for resources. The sooner we start, the sooner life becomes easier to maintain.
I understand the concept of many people that we need to solve some of the many problems on Earth before we spend as much as we need to on space exploration. But I think this approach is short sighted, because there may soon come a time when we don't have the resources available to leave the nest.