Earth Day: the most crucial issue

Summary:Today at least one branch of the popular media tried to deal with the single most crucial issue affecting greentech, resources, the environment, the planet, your life and mine. POPULATION, as in how many people can this rock support?

Today at least one branch of the popular media tried to deal with the single most crucial issue affecting greentech, resources, the environment, the planet, your life and mine. POPULATION, as in how many people can this rock support?

You can listen to the NPR show here. April 22, 2009. Perfect Earth Day topic.

Many animals now extinct once numbered in the millions or billions, from trilobites to some once-abundant dinosaurs to Passenger Pigeons. Nature has not seen fit to allow every "successful" species to remain.

And the questions surrounding human population affect every aspect of life on the planet from viral to vertebrate, from richest to poorest among us. Issues of personal freedom versus collective will. Women's freedom and education versus patriarchal value systems. Birth control, religion, science, hunger, drought, distribution of resources, exploitation of finite resources, energy, political power, political chaos. Pollution and toxification of our planet and its earth, sky and water. Not to mention all the wonderful research into how rats behave when over-crowded. The list of brain-twisters goes on and on. And it's good somebody was talking about it today, Earth Day. The planet does NOT need us, but we sure need it. Will we ever act like it? [poll id="121"]

Topics: Tech Industry

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