A RECENT Letter to the Editor (13-02-2019) re: global population explosion certainly touches on a few salient points.
It is a fact of life, in this world, that seven people will consume less and produce less waste than seven billion.
You cannot escape that fact and, even though many will say ‘It is not as simple as that’, I suggest it is as simple as that.
We humans have an exploding population growth and Earth is struggling to make sense of it. And, yes, you can cut back on greenhouse gas emissions and you can use alternative sources of power generation but, until this world comes to grips with the fact that there are too many of us, it will do nothing but slow down the destruction of our environment.
We have an election coming up and every politician I have heard states growth is essential for their electorate. That is more people, more jobs, more infrastructure and more money, for some.
When will these so-called leaders of all nations come to realise that growth is not the answer to the world’s problems.
Surely our politicians need to look up the word “sustainable” in their dictionaries and apply that to their leadership. And besides the politicians perhaps all of us, irrespective of where we live or what we do, pull-back on our unsustainable greed.
— P Kaye, Grantham