The Human Wave

By | September 20, 2011

I know a number of people who believe we can sustain our present world population level using green technology. They say that organic farming, permaculture, renewable energy sources, and the elimination of garbage and hazardous waste could keep us going indefinitely.

But why? What contribution do billions of us make to the Hoop of Life when it comes at the expense of the countless plant and animal populations we have displaced? Is the planet healthier having 80 million humans on the prairie than 80 million Buffalo? Is the seashore prettier with sunning humans than sunning Seals? And what about the Deer—are they better off being chased out of gardens than being chased by Wolves? Perhaps we would not be so self-possessed if we had someone chasing us.

1 Comment

question on September 22, 2011 at 10:26 am.

A very vital question that few of us dare to ask – at a time when we need to ask it more than ever. We seem to be so obsessed with ourselves as individuals and as a species that we rarely question whether more (more humans, more cities, more material possesions) really enrich and make us fulfilles as a species, much less how it affects every other living creature.


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