Thank Goodness the World Leapt Into Action Once Apprised of the Climate Crisis

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At least the use of fossil fuels has been reduced greatly. What, I’m not getting anything right the first try? It isn’t my fault — I know for a fact that I apprised the world, or at least the United States, that phasing out fossil fuels needed to be done NOW! Sheesh. The world has gone crazy!

Here’s what the International Energy Agency said in a press release on May 18, 2021, regarding proposed global changes in use of fossil fuels:

“Our Roadmap shows the priority actions that are needed today to ensure the opportunity of net-zero emissions by 2050 — narrow but still achievable — is not lost. The scale and speed of the efforts demanded by this critical and formidable goal — our best chance of tackling climate change and limiting global warming to 1.5 °C — make this perhaps the greatest challenge humankind has ever faced,” said Fatih Birol, the IEA Executive Director. “The IEA’s pathway to this brighter future brings a historic surge in clean energy investment that creates millions of new jobs and lifts global economic growth. Moving the world onto that pathway requires strong and credible policy actions from governments, underpinned by much greater international cooperation.”

Well, that all sounds very nice if they could make it happen. As for me, I’m hoping we can hang on until 2025 or perhaps 2030. I’ll never see 2050, but by my calculations, only 3,500,000 people will still be alive on Earth by then. Which implies that 7.9 billion people will have died in the process. But it’s just a guess really. Except . . .

See, humans are strange. When Covid-19 started killing people all across the world, governments and media did leap into action. And with time, the populace in most countries learned how to isolate themselves, and wash hands and wear masks when going out in public, or into buildings. And to live in fear.

Anyway, that’s where I got the number 3,500,000. That’s how many people have died of Covid-19 in the world. Since most people think it’s horrible that three and a half million people have died from this virus, how would they feel if it were reversed in the case of climate problems, and only that number survived?

It would imply that 7.9 billion people had died of climate-related causes.

… People aren’t very logical or mathematical. They don’t realize that I’m making an educated prediction. That most of humanity will be dying…

Covid-19 itself is partly a consequence of climate change. And of overpopulation of humans, and the fact that most of humanity now lives in mega-cities. And it’s important to look at causes and effects. Was Covid-19 a natural occurrence? All the coronavirus epidemics in the distant past were natural, but were not pandemics, not even close.

20,000 years ago there were only 5 million of us on Earth and we were spread out over large distances. It seems unlikely that an epidemic was even possible, not unless it was going between us and the animals around us.

Guess how people respond when I talk of population reduction. Think how it would be if there were only 5 or 50 million of us on Earth. We don’t have to kill anybody — they’ll die naturally given time, if we still have time.

Now check out the other suggested tags on Medium when I searched for “Depopulation… ”

Climate, Crime, China, Bill Gates, Population Control, Abortion, Genocide, Eugenics.

I’ve pushed for population reduction for 50 years. We had ZPG, Zero Population Growth, and other organizations who shared our concerns about exponential population growth which started about 50 years ago and really accelerated 30 years ago. Sure, it’s projected to slow down soon, but the statisticians assume a future resembling the past. They aren’t calculating using all the known existential threats hanging over humanity. Oops.

Of course an airborne virus like Covid-19 is going to spread like wildfire on a crowded, citified, less healthy world. I’m not sure that people even understand that. They aren’t moving out of the cities. They aren’t deliberately practicing birth control. They don’t seem to be thinking or seeing things right at all. They are cowering in fear, and refuse to even listen to why they should let go of the fear and move on.

Move on to what? To advocating a global goal of one child per woman, or couple. To moving away from the coastlines, which will be going underwater and have already started. To being aware how much fossil fuel each one of them is using, because when multiplied by 7.9 billion, it tells us that zero emission goals by 2050 are absurd. Not to mention, that would be too late anyway.

Actually, when you have 7.9 billion people fearing for their future, which many of us are, it’s a very good time for us all to act democratically, in the literal sense, and by sheer mass of bodies force governments and corporations to give back to us the proceeds of all the work we have done in the past. We didn’t do it for the rich and powerful — we just did our jobs.

Listen to me. People across the globe are emulating extractive cultures like in America. They wear clothes, ride motorcycles, hold smartphones in their hands, use plastic bags and straws. People eat junk foods that are made in factories, foods that cost the manufacturers almost nothing because they are made in vats, packaged in plastics and paper coming from oil wells and trees cut down. How’s all that going to turn out with time?

I’ll be dead in ten years — probably sooner. I’m living in a small tropical village far from any city of any size. We have all sorts of natural foods here, readily available. We don’t mind when the electricity goes off . . . life is really simple and not dependent on electricity or even gasoline. Propane is good, but we can cook over campfires too.

People (obviously) die all the time. In tropical Latin countries like Panama here, old people aren’t sent to old-folk homes (warehouses), and death isn’t hidden. The only oddness I see here is an absurd fear of covid. It makes zero sense: the populace in Panama and most Latin countries is very young, and not old white men, who are the primary demographic for people endangered by Covid-19.

It’s the smartphones, you know. They lead to misinformation and access to shallow sources of news and information, like Twitter. The ads on the smartphones really push fast foods, junk foods and cases of beer delivered to your door on the backs of motorcycles. A huge proportion of people over 30 here are terribly overweight.

Takeaway . . .
Put your head between your knees and kiss your ass goodbye. It sounds like a joke, but this time it isn’t. Anyways, I’m hoping you’ll feel better.




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Fred Ermlich

Fred Ermlich


Living in rural Panamá — non-extractive, non-capitalistic. Expat USA. Scientist, writer, researcher, teacher. STEM mentor +languages.