On May 3rd, 2011 the UN Population Division announced the World population would hit 7 billion come October. Now the web is full of talk about overpopulation, so once again I will address this issue. (previous population post)
The US has 5% of the world’s population and yet consumes 25% of the worlds total energy consumption, and contributes 20% of the global greenhouse gasses. This means on average each American uses more than 4x the energy of the average person of the world! Before any American opens their mouth about the environmental dangers of overpopulation they should reference these statistics.
This article is full of graphs and information detailing World Energy and Population Trends – http://www.paulchefurka.ca/WEAP/WEAP.html
The Earth is not overpopulated, it is over industrialized and exploited. This Capitalist Global Market is concerned with profit above all else. In an economically stratified world it is much easier to make big profits from wealthy people’s wants rather than the majorities’ needs. The US boasts a high standard of living, but at what cost to the rest of the world’s livelihood?
The Greed for securing resources by the US has never been as evident as it is now. The answers to resolving our energy and resource riddle will be found in returning to a balanced life within the means of our biosphere. By eating seasonal local foods and by being industrious innovators to meet our own needs. This doesn’t mean our standard of living need to be lowered, on the contrary society would become more communal cooperative and engaged. One of the greatest illnesses of “civilized society” is loneliness, and suffering a disconnect from the natural world.
Here is another informative article on Overpopulation: The Tao of Population Growth