I'm stunned to find in all the tooing and froing of environmental debate, that the core of the problem keeps being overlooked.
Everyone bangs on about CO2 emissions and global warming, peak oil, the degradation of the worlds arable land, species extinction, overfishing of the seas etc., and come up with numerous strategies for addressing them.But they don't, or rarely and never pushed in mainstream media, mention the simple fact that there are too many people using/wanting to use the planets resources.
Yes we can improve the way we do things so that per capita the impact is lessened, a activity I wholeheartedly support, but when we take both population increase and the aspirations of those that don't have the "western lifestyle"into account, it is exceedingly obvious that we are pissing into the wind.
Many of the practises that have bought our species to this position have to be modified. Most of our "civilized" behaviour is sublimated primate troupe dynamics, complicated by our more complex brains. We need to modify more. With populations of this density, the constant adversarial nature of politics and economics needs to be reduced. Competition is effective for rapid evolution, but within more stable and complex systems, cooperation is of greater value.
As a species, our ability to cooperate has been one of our greatest evolutionary advantages. Yet here we are with the world going bananas with "competition" The creed of the Capitalist (including Central planned capitalism) has need of modification.
Well we all know THAT story. Sickening wealth and sickening poverty. The rich feasting on the blood of the masses, and all that.
We HAVE TO start to take more control of our lives and apply some reason to it's living. We can not leave things to someone else anymore. Sure there are some amongst us who are more capable in their various areas, but we all have a life and it is OUR life that we have RESPONSIBILITY for. Wake up and be responsible!!