Wednesday, September 23, 2009

I care...

• One quarter of all mammal species face extinction in 30 years. (United Nations, http://news.bbc.co.uk/)

• For every person in the world to reach present U.S. levels of consumption we would need 4 more planet Earths. (Wilson, p. 23)

• Humans currently consume 50% of the Earth's available freshwater, leaving what's left over for all other species. (World Wildlife Fund, http://www.panda.org/)

• Humans currently consume 40% of all organic matter produced by photosynthesis on Earth, leaving what's left over for all other species. (Wilson, p. 33)

• Every species of great ape on the Earth (gorillas, orangutans, chimpanzees, and bonobos) is in imminent danger of extinction. (United Nations, http://news.bbc.co.uk/)

• Every species of tiger on Earth is in imminent danger of extinction. (World Wildlife Fund, http://web.archive.org/)

• The number of lions left in Africa has fallen 90% in 20 years -- there are now only 20,000 remaining. (BBC, http://news.bbc.co.uk/)

• 90 percent of all large fishes have disappeared from the world's oceans in the past half century. (Nature Magazine, http://www.cnn.com/)

• Human population is expected to increase by at least 50% over the next 75 years. (United Nations Population Division, http://www.enviroliteracy.org/)

To me, having a blog is being able to express ones feelings on issues you are passionate about, not everyone will agree and I expect that, we all have our opinions and should express them freely. For me, it ain't all about antiques and soap...I have a passion for ecology and cry inside daily at the demise of species because of man's inability to control himself...dead zones in the oceans from pollution and over-fishing for growing populations...we can't blame the third world populace, it is us in the well educated, long-lived countries that have created the problems...we want more and we NEED more...why???

Yes, it is about over-population...we have to take control, but it is our children and grandchildren that will bear the burden for all of us in old age. Many children means more old people to care for, with dwindling resources, the issue is people are living longer with advanced medical technologies. Pandemics are a natural culling of overpopulation, we are just scared to face death and want to keep our loved ones alive no matter what the consequences. Factory farms built to feed these masses are spreading disease, runoff is polluting our waterways and destroying the ecosystem.

I don't want to hear the cries of a mother whale as her infant is harpooned or the bawl of a hungry baby bear whose mother was slaughtered for her bladder and paws, to see shark carcass washed ashore with only the fins cut away, mountain tops blasted away, old-growth forests gone, glaciers melting...and 3 million children starving in the US, not all children and grand children are from happy homes...for me it is way more than a blog of antiquing adventures and soap orders, it is about the meeting of like minds agreeing or no...it's called freedom of speech...and saving a wonderful ecosystem...there is no Planet B...

I have just one question...where are we all gonna park...?

Lifespan/Quantity vs. Quality
One thing which must be taken into consideration is the amount of time, money, and effort we have spent toward saving and extending lives. Billions of dollars have been spent in this field, and successfully. However, something that we also must look at is the effect this has had on our own number. How much have we contributed to birth control, family planning, and preservation of the environment? Nature is a balance of existence. In order to coincide with nature, we must balance the saving and extending of lives with controlling the number of lives which we produce. We mustn't use resources any faster than they can be reproduced. We need to respect ourselves by learning to respect the environment which we depend on for our own existence. If not, we will cease to exist.

By James Hopkins

10 comments:

willow said...

Scary. Much food for thought here, Sharon.

Lori R. said...

Sharon, you have always shown your passion for this Earth. I'm glad you can voice out your opinion and I do believe you live by your passion. Thanks for your voice. As I am, just like everyone else, a violator, even though I try to be not so harsh on my little corner of this great earth. Recycle, reuse and reduce, the 3 R's.... That's what I am going for!!!

cconz said...

I care too sharon. It makes me sick everyday to read about the atrocities of people. We will kill our species. weather we like it or not. In the end we'll be gone but all other life will thrive. Don't buy that 200.00 pair of shoes made from an animal, donate the money to people that "DO" work for the animals. Greenpeace, WWF. Speak up for the animals.

donna baker said...

Sharon, I agree with everything you said. What's the answer? We can all try to reduce our waste. Try to eat less, especially meat. Then what happens to the grocers, farmers, etc.? I don't have the answers, but I do not eat mammals anymore. I join and donate money to the groups who try to help guard the planet, WWF,PETA,Natural Resources Defense Fund, Sierra Club and the Humane Society. It is only through each individuals' support that the things that have no voice are heard. One thing is certain, without our help, this planet is in danger like nothing we've ever known.

MonikaRose said...

We as humans are the only ones that can control and create what is happening on Earth ! I believe in Spirituality, what we think is created before us!

Jeanne said...

I saw on the NPR site today that there's a naturalist who's advocating letting the Great Panda go extinct. He says the effort we're putting into saving them could save half a dozen other species.

Sometimes you just have to be glad to be old -- and try not to worry about your kids and grandkids.

sarayutouched said...

...unfortunately not enough people care...

summersundays-jw said...

I think lots of us do care but are just not sure of what to do. It breaks my heart when I think of what kind of a world we're leaving to my g'kids. Jan

Greyscale Territory said...

Love your statement ...There is no Planet B! Wow does that say a lot! The mistakes we make have consequences on us and those who follow us!

A challenging post!

Pete Murphy said...

Rampant population growth threatens our economy and quality of life. I'm not talking about the obvious environmental and resource issues. I'm talking about the effect upon rising unemployment and poverty in America.

I should introduce myself. I am the author of a book titled "Five Short Blasts: A New Economic Theory Exposes The Fatal Flaw in Globalization and Its Consequences for America." To make a long story short, my theory is that, as population density rises beyond some optimum level, per capita consumption of products begins to decline out of the need to conserve space. People who live in crowded conditions simply don’t have enough space to use and store many products. This declining per capita consumption, in the face of rising productivity (per capita output, which always rises), inevitably yields rising unemployment and poverty.

This theory has huge implications for U.S. policy toward population management. Our policies that encourage high rates of population growth are rooted in the belief of economists that population growth is a good thing, fueling economic growth. Through most of human history, the interests of the common good and business (corporations) were both well-served by continuing population growth. For the common good, we needed more workers to man our factories, producing the goods needed for a high standard of living. This population growth translated into sales volume growth for corporations. Both were happy.

But, once an optimum population density is breached, their interests diverge. It is in the best interest of the common good to stabilize the population, avoiding an erosion of our quality of life through high unemployment and poverty. However, it is still in the interest of corporations to fuel population growth because, even though per capita consumption goes into decline, total consumption still increases. We now find ourselves in the position of having corporations and economists influencing public policy in a direction that is not in the best interest of the common good.

The U.N. ranks the U.S. with eight third world countries - India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Bangladesh, Uganda, Ethiopia and China - as accounting for fully half of the world’s population growth by 2050.

If you’re interested in learning more about this important new economic theory, I invite you to visit either of my web sites at OpenWindowPublishingCo.com or PeteMurphy.wordpress.com where you can read the preface, join in my blog discussion and, of course, purchase the book if you like. (It's also available at Amazon.com.)

Pete Murphy
Author, "Five Short Blasts"