Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Oslo oration's obvious ommission...

Al Gore, whilst collecting his Nobel Peace Prize [BBC] said some interesting things but failed to mention a very important and 'inconvenient truth'. He said:

"The Earth has a fever, and the fever is rising. The experts have told us it is not a passing affliction that will heal by itself"... ..."We are what is wrong, and we must make it right."

That is dead right...but not in the way he or 'the experts' mean. What he could have said, and been nearer the truth, were the words of Agent Smith during Morpheus' interrogation:

"The only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet."

So in a way Gore is right, WE are what is wrong. Of course he wants to cry doom and gloom over "the climate impacts that might lie ahead"; there are two ways of looking at this: (a) climate change will happen anyway so let's learn to deal with it and survive the changes as long as possible rather than try to stop it (because we can't) or (b) climate change may not happen and we can stop it...so...let's target the easiest and most efficient way we can by targeting the main reason, that worryingly clear reason is amply illustrated HERE; we must reduce the population/stop population growth. World population has doubled in about 40 years and tripled in less than 80...our parents lifetimes...quadrupled in the last century...whichever way you read it the figures are ominous...the planet can't/won't sustain much more.

"In every land the truth, once known, has the power to set us free"

said Gore...but that truth, once known, is rather unpleasant and so are the various cures.


bonnie said...

Solyent Green?

Span Ows said...

Hey! very good Bonnie...

Have you ehard of Thomas Malthus? he got it right 200 years ago!


In fact I may do a follow up post on him...or update this post.

"1. subsistence severely limits population-level
2. when the means of subsistence increases, population increases
3. population-pressures stimulate increases in productivity
4. increases in productivity stimulate further population-growth
5. since this productivity can not keep up with the potential of population growth for long, population requires strong checks to keep it in line with carrying-capacity
6. individual cost/benefit decisions regarding sex, work, and children determine the expansion or contraction of population and production
7. checks will come into operation as population exceeds subsistence-level
8. the nature of these checks will have significant effect on the rest of the sociocultural system — Malthus points specifically to misery, vice, and poverty"

he didn't get it all right first time but there is so much truth in it...it must be good becasue Engels called it "...the crudest, most barbarous theory that ever existed"...(from Wiki)

Kenji Mouchard said...

You have made feel so much better on this freezing morning.
Worse still I have to go and watch QPR today with my visiting Brother (From the States!)

One thing will be sure there won't be many at Loftus Road - Maybe Wembley, The Emirates and Loftus Road will be the least populated areas on Earth?!

Had a giggle reading the websites that discuss more dead than alive debate!

Must sort out my girlies breakfeast – continue this later

Les Paul Junior said...

In my more pessimistic moments I sometimes think that Homo Sapiens is in a no-win situation. I think we'll reach a crisis point in about twenty or thirty years, which isn't good for my kids (or anybody else's).

Span Ows said...

Kenji, ....not a bad point yesterday?...still bottom but I've just noticed that the bottom 7 or 8 teams are within 3 (THREE!!!) points of each other...live in hope!

Shytalk, I know what you mean and re the 20/30 years I think that's about right...without action, war or major pestilence those 25 odd years will be enough for another doubling of the population...12 billion...after that who knows...10 to twenty years to double again?...that makes 50 years to get to 20+ billion AT LEAST...and they go on about car emissions!!! Just the fires in Greece, California and Spain this/last year probably did the damage of several billion cars driving non-stop for a decade.