An Even More Inconvenient Truth

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Brief presentation that describes how the FOUR-FOLD explosive growth of global population that has occurred in the last 100 years is the underlying root cause of on-going environmental destruction and threatens the existance of all higher animal species on this planet, including our own.

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An Even More Inconvenient Truth

  1. 1. <ul><li>An even </li></ul><ul><li>more </li></ul><ul><li>“ Inconvenient Truth” </li></ul>
  2. 2. <ul><li>What Al Gore </li></ul><ul><li>didn’t </li></ul><ul><li>tell you </li></ul><ul><li>What “Friends of the Earth” </li></ul><ul><li>doesn’t want </li></ul><ul><li>to tell you </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>On the birth of Christ there were 200 million people in the world </li></ul><ul><li>By 1750 there were 700 million </li></ul><ul><li>By 1950 there were 2,550 million </li></ul><ul><li>Now there are 6,770 million </li></ul><ul><li>By 2050 there will be </li></ul><ul><li>9,200 million </li></ul>
  4. 4. World Population (billions) By 2050 we can expect an increase close to the combined populations of China and India today The last hundred years has seen a FOUR-FOLD growth in population !
  5. 5. <ul><li>What does all this mean ? </li></ul><ul><li>Within our grand-children’s life-time we can expect: </li></ul><ul><li>Spiralling food and energy prices, as fossil fuels and water become scarce </li></ul><ul><li>Final destruction of rain forests </li></ul><ul><li>Final collapse of ocean fish stocks </li></ul><ul><li>Near extinction of higher animal wild-life </li></ul><ul><li>Rising sea-levels: 0.5m in fifty years </li></ul><ul><li>150+ million “climate-change refugees” </li></ul>
  6. 6. What does “Friends of the Earth” have to say about the pressures of population ? <ul><li>“ Population growth puts pressure on the world’s natural resources. However, Friends of the Earth does not believe that it is the main cause of the environmental degradation. The world’s richer nations, including the UK, are putting by far the greater pressure on the world’s atmosphere, oceans and forests. The richest 20 per cent of people consume 86 per cent of the Earth resources and tend to have the lowest birth rates”. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>In other words, </li></ul><ul><li>“ Friends of the Earth” </li></ul><ul><li>does not see population growth as a primary or even major environmental issue. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Restricting the growth of greenhouse gases is seen by FoE as a primary objective. </li></ul><ul><li>But greenhouse gases are not the cause of: </li></ul><ul><li>Depletion of fossil fuel reserves </li></ul><ul><li>Deforestation </li></ul><ul><li>Exhaustion of fish stocks </li></ul><ul><li>Extinction of animal species </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental contamination </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>So, what </li></ul><ul><li>is </li></ul><ul><li>the common underlying cause of </li></ul><ul><li>environmental destruction ? </li></ul><ul><li>Answer: Over-population </li></ul><ul><li>The exploding growth of humanity and its demand for natural resources over the past 250 years is now beyond the ability of our only planet to cope. </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Most projected population growth will be in the developing world. These people will fairly demand increases in their standards of living. </li></ul><ul><li>By 2050, therefore, the combined, insatiable material demands of the world's population could only be met by two or three planets equivalent to earth. </li></ul><ul><li>Since additional planets are not available to us, we face the total collapse of the world's ecological system by this point in time.  </li></ul>
  11. 11. Do carbon emissions, and consequent climate change, have any relationship to global population ? CO2 levels have risen sharply since 1800
  12. 12. Do carbon emissions, and consequent climate change, have any relationship to global population ? CO2 levels are rising in parallel with global population
  13. 13. <ul><li>Key messages: </li></ul><ul><li>Buying low-energy light bulbs and smaller cars will not alter the fate of our planet; these actions are simply too trivial. </li></ul><ul><li>Any serious attempt to avoid global collapse must tackle population growth, no matter how controversial. </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>But we CAN save the planet: </li></ul><ul><li>By stabilising populations in the developing world we can help people there deal with food, water and energy shortages. </li></ul><ul><li>Reducing the population in the developed world, where consumption is much higher, will help conserve resources. </li></ul><ul><li>Both can be achieved humanely through education, equalization of women’s rights, and provision of family planning and contraception. </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>But we CAN save the planet: </li></ul><ul><li>Within the UK: </li></ul><ul><li>Highlight the problem and its threats </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure zero net migration – “no more in than out” </li></ul><ul><li>Campaign for a “Stop at Two” family policy </li></ul><ul><li>Educate the young to the benefits of small families </li></ul><ul><li>More help to prevent unwanted pregnancies </li></ul><ul><li>Pay the present child benefits for four children to ALL families, but payable on only the first two children. </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>But we CAN save the planet: </li></ul><ul><li>Internationally: press for a “Kyoto protocol on population”: </li></ul><ul><li>Ban coercive measures to restrict population growth </li></ul><ul><li>Equal civil, legal and educational rights for women </li></ul><ul><li>Family planning help to avoid the 40% of pregnancies that are unwanted </li></ul><ul><li>Food-aid programmes to be accompanied by family planning aid </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>“ There are three times as many people in the world as when I started making television programmes only a mere 56 years ago. </li></ul><ul><li>It is frightening. We can’t go on as we have been. We are seeing the consequences in terms of ecology, atmospheric pollution and in terms of the space and food production ”. </li></ul><ul><li>~ Sir David Attenborough, Patron of The Optimum Population Trust </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>If you care about this planet and its creatures </li></ul><ul><li>If you want your children and your children’s children to inherit a decent world </li></ul><ul><li>If you wish to help prevent this planet becoming a living “hell on earth” </li></ul><ul><li>Then join The Optimum Population Trust at: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.optimumpopulation.org </li></ul><ul><li>And please pass this slide pack onto your friends. </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>“ Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children”. </li></ul><ul><li>~ Native American Proverb </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.optimumpopulation.org </li></ul>

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