I recently watched a documentary called “Dick Smith’s Population Puzzle” which opened my eyes to the impact population growth will have on my life and the health of the world. I have taken up his challenge to spread the word about the world’s unsustainable population growth and to encourage and promote sustainable living. This blog is my first step of that challenge.
The documentary begins with the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit and ask why they are not talking about the white elephant in the room, population growth. How can we reduce the human carbon footprint with a growing population? In 2008 the world’s population was 6.8 billion, by 2050 it is projected to be 9 billion. Does the world have enough renewable resources to feed and house all these additional people and ensure the future of the world?
Whether you believe in climate change or not, there is no doubting that pollution caused by humans has an impact on the quality of human life and more people will cause more pollution, use more scarce non-renewable resources and have a negative impact on human life. I think the next logical step to take in this argument is that the pollution cause by us is damaging the health of the environment if it causes damage to our own health, but not everyone is prepared to make this link in their minds yet.
I share Dick Smith’s belief that we can have a viable and strong world economy that is not obsessed with growth for its own sake, but instead encourages both a stable population and sustainable consumption of energy and resources. I want my children and grand-children to enjoy the life I do now and I believe that unless the world changes its ways that they will not have the same quality of life you and I do – clean air, water and plentiful supplies of fresh food. The next step is to find a way to make it happen.
You can check out “Dick Smith’s Population Puzzle” at http://www.abc.net.au/tv/populationpuzzle/index.html