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Originally posted by tucker81
I know a way to depopulate. Just have every country seal and defend its country's borders and make each country feed their own population. If they can't, tough s***.
Originally posted by anoncoholic
reply to post by TruthxIsxInxThexMist
you know, a concrete basin that displaces enough water will float so it isn't beyond us to build floating cities that are anchored off coastlines and connected with bridges for traffic to and from.
The problem is that it isn't in the will of the people to expand but to restrict. It would cost $ that those who have won't part with and yet how much would an artificial island be worth in terms of housing alone?
meh, perhaps I am deluded into thinking people would even endorse the effort when it means even more growth. Jobs are scarce and new industry isn't being promoted... but the war machine proliferates globally. In our couple of hundred years of industrial growth we really haven't promoted anything but weaponry which is what all new technologies are developed into first.
I guess I am more a futurist than a realist because it is always about money and we all know those on top (capitalism at its finest) are in control and the money is what is ruling all actions. After all, we do have the best justice system that money can buy, the best government that money can buy, and the best military that money can buy.
We sell ourselves short as a species though when a life is only as valuable as the cost of a bul
Originally posted by darkbake
reply to post by TDawgRex
Yeah, then I took it away again because of aesthetic reasons. But I agree with you. I don't think that we have enough time to develop anything nearing the level of space colonization technology that we would need to prevent depopulation.
So I guess I'll re-write what I said before here: massive depopulation in the near future seems to be inevitable. Both mother nature and humanity have the ability to self-correct themselves when things become unbalanced, and this is far out of the control of policy.
As the population grows, the threat of a global pandemic increases. As resources grow short, the threat of war increases and hunger increases as well.
I think this thread is a really good one, actually, because I think depopulation is coming and will probably result in a healthier earth when it is all over.
Umm... yeah that goes against what I said a few posts back, but at this point, that's what will probably happen. I don't see much in the way of stopping the path we are on. The reality is, sometimes destruction is necessary to create.
I am kind of stuck when it comes to what is right or wrong in this situation - and I'm leaning towards things are going to be happening at such an alarming rate that what is right or wrong is irrelevant.
Now I'm going to take a break from ATS for a few days to clear my head.edit on 14-6-2012 by darkbake because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by tothetenthpower
reply to post by AzureSky
Actually, potable fresh water is going to be a huge problem in the future, it's actually one of the main concerns regarding overpopulation. The truth is, there just isn't enough Fresh Water to go around right now.
However, we do have the tech to convert salt water into clean, drinkable water, but it's expensive and most nations do not want to build the infrastructure to do such things.
But it can be done.