Global warm­ing

Gatton Star - - YOUR SAY -

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

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