One Finite Planet

One Finite Planet

Population, Environment And Climate (old).

Population Crisis? Or Just Some Critical Choices?

A definition of crisis is “a situation that has reached a critical phase“, and given where we are, I suggest population is at a critical phase, so yes: a crisis.

The Earth is overpopulated as we cannot yet sustainably support the current population, and population beyond sustainable is the standard definition.

My conclusion is that, like other overpopulation events, we will naturally return to a sustainable population provided those calling for perpetual growth do not manage to interfere and we don’t self destruct in the mean time.

I believe it is critical that more people understand what is happening with population, and the motives of those always pushing for growth as well as the risks.

Environment: The Fragile Environment On Our One Finite Planet.

Climate Crisis? Is Climate Change Anthropogenic and Stoppable?


  • Hans Rosling Quotes
    • Don’t Panic Video:
      • 1:33 The good news is, that the future may not be quite as gloomy as many of you think, and that mankind is already doing better than many of you think.
      • 2:45 10,000 bc 10 million people. (0.05 %). 2.1% 43x, 12000 yrs growth in less than two centuries.
      • 15:03 Let’s find the reasons behind this historic and continuing shift from large to small families. Almost all girls in Muslim Bangladesh, like 15-year-old Tanjina, go to school today. The government now even pays families money to keep their daughters on at secondary level. At Tanjina’s school boys are now outnumbered by girls. (Lesson shown where big family is short of food). You could hardly miss the point of this lesson. Education is effective and there are also new opportunities for Bangladeshi women. Despite continuing inequalities. there are more jobs and Tanjina is aiming high. “But now we can have big dreams of becoming a doctor or an engineer.”
      • 17:10 But one essential transformation underpins the change in Bangladesh. It’s a dramatic improvement in child survival… three of Hanans’s siblings died when they were very young. They died of measles. Back when Hannan’s parents were a young couple, 1 in 5 children in Bangladesh died before they reached 5 years of age. All families lived with a constant fear of losing one or more children. “You would carry on having one child after another, then if one died, you wouldn’t have just one left, that is how it was. We didn’t think we were having too many children, or what their future would be”. In the last few decades Bangladesh has made great progress in basic health, particularly in child survival. Vaccines, treatments of infections and better nutrition and hygiene have all save the lives of millions of children. And as parents have come to see that all their children are not likely to survive, the biggest obstacle to family planning has at last gone. Even in the slums of Dhaka, women how have one average just 2 children.
      • 19:21 Why did the world population grow so slowly before 1800? Well throughout history, all historical records show on average, 2 parents got more or less 6 children. But that looks as a very fast population growth. So why didn’t it grow? Because 4 of the children died before growing up to become parents themselves.
      • 19:51 People in the past never lived in ecological balance with nature, they died in ecological balance with nature. It was utterly tragic!
      • 20:00 But with the industrial revolution this changed. Better wages, more food, tapped water, better sanitation, soap, medical advances…. So from all these advances, why did the population grow? Was it because they got more children? No! In 1963 when I was at school, actually the number of children per woman had decreased a little in the world, to 5. And the reason for the fact population growth was the improved children survival. 4 survived at that time, that was still terrible. It’s only in recent decades that most countries have taken big leaps forward in child survival and family planning. So we are now approaching the new balance: 2 parents on average get 2 children that survive.