It was most interesting to read the two comparisons of overpopulation, buffaloes in Lake Nakuru National Park by Paul Rossiter and people in the Mara by Delta Willis!
I have written many times about “the elephant in the room”, the inability of politicians to deal with the burgeoning growth of the human population worldwide, many times. I am also frustrated and surprised that people respected in the conservation industry do not use this platform to highlight the problem. How, for example, can Greta Thunberg rant on about having her childhood stolen, by global warming and climate change, without mentioning the causes behind it, the human population, both young and old.
Recently, there has been a lot of publicity about discarded plastics, but nothing about the people who use it and irresponsibly dispose of it!
Paul Rossiter looks at the buffaloes in Nakuru and suggests that the only way to reduce pressures on the park and retain a healthy population is to cull numbers. With humans, comparatively speaking, it is quality of life, adequate food, clean water, good education and health possibilities, comfortable living conditions, security and peace and harmony.
If humans are living in these conditions, why are thousands being trafficked across Libya to fates sometimes worse than death or, at best, life in a refugee camp? When charities in Asia complain about the use of child labour, do they understand what the awful alternatives are?
Hypothetically speaking, I am a superior power, one notch above mankind and I have studied the maximum carrying capacity of cities and towns in different parts of the world. In my extensive travels, I have been to countries where Paul Rossiter’s Nakuru Buffalo “overload”, looks like a sparsely populated paradise. Populations are bursting at the seams, thus the traffic across Libya, the migrants arriving in
South Africa from central African states and the thousands of South and Central American citizens knocking on the USA's door in California, Arizona and Texas. And no one anywhere is doing anything about it!
Should I, therefore, as this superior power, adopt what Paul Rossiter proposes with the buffaloes, start a culling project? As he says if translocation (read migration for humans) proves unfeasible, what alternatives do I have? Delta Willis says that “few dare speak directly about human overpopulation”, which is why we have the problem still. It may be completely unrealistic on my part, but I would urge that policies are introduced to ask all prospective parents to reflect seriously and deeply on their future children’s possibilities as to whether they will experience the quality of life that they should be entitled to in 2019.