March 16, 2010

Overpopulation and the Environment


Too many people is the root of all environmental problems, when you get down to brass tacks. But lots of folks don't want to talk about it, since it smacks of either "elitism" (we're already on this planet) or "birth control" (as in condoms).

The Center for Biological Diversity, however, seeks to make unsustainable human population a central talking point on Earth Day 2010. Actually, I think there are too many insects as well, but that's another issue.

Too many humans means dirty air, dirty water, too few fish to feed us, too much energy to keep us toasty warm or comfortably AC-cooled, and billions of big carbon footprints.
One catchy campaign the Center for Biological Diversity plans is distributing "Wear with care, save the polar bear" condoms. On Valentine's Day, 100,000 were grabbed up in just a couple of days!