02 September 2009

“Organizations that save people from hunger, actually do less for sustainability because it overshoots the earth’s carrying capacity…”

(Earth’s Carrying Capacity = the supportable population, given the food, habitat, water and other necessities available within the earth)


This issue was brought up during class today. It is a disturbingly valid point. I hate to think of anything that might devalue human life. It is a common argument that many of the environmental issues we face are largely attributed to overpopulation. My argument is that it is over-consumption of resources that makes population a sensitive

Can we really say. “Well, if only there were fewer people on earth?” Not in my opinion.

But of course, we are not talking about not providing food for the hungry, but we are talking about discussing reasons for environmental stress.

At the end of class, I’m still overwhelmed. Moments of shock at becoming aware of issues in the world. My immediate reaction is to do something about it all. Knowledge is great, but what good is it if we don’t use that knowledge to better the world.

Can’t wait to get to SOLUTIONS.


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