With the whole world (including ATS) focused on international terrorism and the Iraq situation, a more serious security threat looms on the
horizon...the global environmental and humanitarian crisis.
We have been drawn to terrorism like a moth to a flame, meanwhile humanity is destroying our biosphere and ourselves along with it. Just since 9/11,
the world population has grown more than 200 million
, 25 million children die in the world from
preventable causes (many from no water
), more than
250,000 square miles
of forest were lost, billions of tons of
has been added to the atmosphere, and more than 4 million people died of
We look to the conspiracies, the chemicals in the air and water, the goverment programs, the alien experiments, and the meteors and asteriods that
will impact and destroy us all. The ship is sinking but we know why and how, yet we look the other way. We would rather believe in the shell game or
what our own minds can imagine for us, yet it's clearly in front of us and not even hidden. We also know how to solve the problem, but policymakers
keep rearranging the shell game for us and we look the other way. If left unattended, this crisis will forgo any hope for the future of the world.
The world population stands at 6.4 billion, more than 4 times the amount of people than at the start of the 20th century. Many of the nations
contributing the most growth are the poorest, developing nations. Growing by 74 million per year and projected to reach 9 billion by 2050, the
additional billions come mostly from the world's poorest countries. Problems include mass poverty, high infant death rate, poor healthcare, no family
planning, lack of education, and many religions opposed to contraception.
Since 1950, we have consumed more goods than all previous generations and where shall it stop? Energy, steel, timber, fossil-fuels, meat and fish
consuption, etc, etc. If the whole world were to consume as much as industrialized nations, we would need 10 times more world resources to sustain us
all. There will be a limit, but how close are we and where are the studies?
Europe, Japan, and North America account for more than 80 percent of the material and energy consumed in the world. That's right, the WORLD. The gap
between rich nations and the poor ones has doubled in the last 40 - 50 years. Most people in poorer countries live on $2 per day lacking basic
sanitation, health care, water, and proper food. Almost 1 billion adults can't read and 30,000 kids die every DAY for prventable causes.
Ecologists believe we lose between 50 and 150 species each day. Some feel that since the 1950's we have lost possibly as many as 600,000 species in
the world. Rates were supposed to be about 1 per year according to past trends, but with conditions the way they are, we could lose half the world
species in the next 50 years. Overhunting, pollution, climate change, and the largest reason...habitation loss due to deforestation. Half the original
world's forest is gone and 30 percent is in degraded condition. That's 80 percent people! The 20 percent remaining of the world's original forest
is going to be targetted by logging. Only a fraction of this loss is offset by regrowth and planted forest areas. If we continue to lose the forests,
it is clear we will continue to lose various animal species and also the biosphere.
And there is more...
Nothing has been said about WATER SUPPLY
, and ATMOSPHERE
. It is clear that the world is in extreme danger,
but the world leaders seem clear to focus on the here and now, with little concern for the future.
So, we focus on what they (the media and the governments) feed us, yet WE KNOW there is another issue and THEY KNOW there is another issue. We know
why THEY AVOID IT, but my question is...WHY DO WE?