Make More Babies, Cure the Sick, Use Plastic not Paper, A Car and a Smartphone for Everyone
Building faster and faster toward an awesome and horrible crescendo. This will not end well.
When I was born in 1953 there were no smartphones and no internet, life was good and there were almost 2.7 billion people on the whole planet. It didn’t feel crowded. I’m in my 60s now and people have been making babies my whole life and they’ve added 5.1 billion people in that time meaning the world population nearly tripled in 68 years.
I know I’m talking too fast, I’m out of breath and pretty damn upset because of the overshoot problem. Meaning that we’re strip-mining what little the Earth has left to keep us alive and fed and STILL are making babies much faster than people die and EVERYBODY uses petroleum for gas and plastics.
The climate is climaxing in seven different ways all bad and reducing food supplies but not so much human populations. Yet.
And NOBODY is willing to hear the truth, nobody at all, it’s too overwhelming to imagine 6 or 7 billion people dying all at once in a few ugly years and that that’s gonna happen around 2030 or 2040 we know because it HAS ALREADY BEGUN. They say we’ll see social breakdown and that’s only one of the existential threats but it’s a big, ugly one.
Here is the point in an article when most scientist-writers would say “There’s still a chance if we were to …” but that’s a lie it’s denial and everybody has been so overwhelmed with epidemics and other terrifying threats that the big ones are lost in the confusion.
TO BE CLEAR. THERE IS NO CHANCE THAT WE CAN AVOID THE UPCOMING UGLINESS. NO, WE WON’T ALL DIE. THERE WILL BE AS MANY AS A HUNDRED MILLION WHO SURVIVE.