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6.2 Billion People and Rising (english)
29 Nov 2002
Modified: 30 Nov 2002
It took humans until about 1800 to reach a global population of one billion. In 130 years the population doubled. Since then adding a billion people to Earth's population has taken less and less time.
1 billion in 1800
2 billion in 1930 (130 years)
3 billion in 1960 (30 years)
4 billion in 1974 (14 years)
5 billion in 1987 (13 years)
6 billion in 1999 (12 years)

Do not underestimate the problem of human overpopulation

Exploding Population is the No1 Threat to Mankind and the Earth

We have 50 years to get off the planet
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Hmm...I don't buy it. (english)
30 Nov 2002
If all of us made slight changes...cut oil consumption by a large think city planning and building design...agriculture...human diet...transportation..., THINGS AND IDEAS THAT ALREADY EXIST...but are NOT put to use because of greed and universal support of the status quo.

I don't believe the population myth for one second. Capitalists are worried that they may have to (GASP!) compromise their 20th century lifestyle to meet the inevitible NON-FOSSIL FUEL based economy of the 21st.

Elitists point fingers at the high birth rates in 3rd world countries while at the same time riddling their infastructure with debt.

The planet could easily support billions more if we steered toward a more sustainable and SANE economy. The technology and know how is already there and in some places round the orld it is already going on.

It's going to take individuals...Not governments to finally get the ball rolling.
Survive like rabbits in a cage ? I doubt it. (english)
30 Nov 2002
I've heard various estimates; that it takes a minimum of 1.5 acres to sustain a human, I've heard 3 acres and I've heard 5. It is likely difficult if not impossable to predict a generality with more accuracy than that. Those figures may be highly inaccurate. Lands vary, their abilities to sustain life largely dependent upon the water and light available.

Can nine or ten billion people live, on less land or more, and stay connected to all the other forms of life with which we've evolved these past billions of years ? We need to defend those other lives; it is in part what some are gathered here for, for they can not defend themselves from those who do not respect them. They can not defend themselves in courts of law and they can not defend themselves upon the earth. We are interdependent with all evolved life; defense of them is self defense.

Can we stay connected to these other forms of life if human populations continue to grow ? I have seen disconectedness grow in my life time. It is my experience and you can't argue me out of it. Though understanding of other lives may have spread, interaction with other forms of life has decreased and therefore so has experiences of interspecies relationships.

How can one develop respect for those relationships if one does not experience those relationships ? If human populations continue to grow would that not decrease the contact between humans and other species ?

No, I do not think that mounting human populations are stackable. I do not think humans can stay healthy without experiencing those relationships with which we've evolved for billions of years. It seems obvious to me that many humans already have lost that sense of belonging to a greater whole. Too too many already have lost that sense of belonging to a greater life, to Earth As Home.

Whether one point five acres or five, it is best to exersize upon the side of caution, for there may be no return if we make a mistake.

Whether the current 6.2 billion is enough, or not at capacity, or too much : Again, if we make a mistake there may be no second chance.
Does humanity have the option to succeed? (english)
30 Nov 2002
Yes. But we must transform "our" monetary system so that it rewards ecological efficiency rather than Gross National Pollution.
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