Why People of Planet Earth Must Go Green! 

Up to the beginning of the 18th Century Planet Earth was more or less in balance as far as population and population growth was concerned. Disease, famine and localized wars all played their part in ensuring a stable sustainable population. 

The earths precious resources were also being used at a sustainable level. Diseases such as Cholera, Typhus, and Plagues caused by unsanitary conditions and polluted water all helped to control the population, as did the cycle of droughts and famines. Pandemics also killed a large number of the population. 

Some years crop production was good, other years bad. Food production was at the mercy of Mother Nature and only locally produced fertilizer (night soil) was available for use on the land. Plant diseases, and uncontrolled pests also played their part in controlling growth and production. 

Local wars, often fought in a single hour or day by armies of up to 10,000 people also acted as a brake on the population. 

Dying of treatable medical complications such as appendicitis, tonsillitis, ruptures, ulcers, and amputations was normal in remote villages. Infant mortality and deaths at birth of both the baby and mother were not uncommon. 

Life in those days was much less complicated than today. Villages looked after the welfare of one another, they had to cooperate or die! Strangers were treated with healthy suspicion and isolation between villages was normal especially during the Dark Ages. 

Local Industry Manufacturing of goods, production of food supplies, rearing and slaughtering of cattle was all carried out for local village consumption, with what little excess being taken to the local small town to sell, or more commonly, barter at the weekly market. Blacksmiths, Weavers, Farmers, Potters, Midwifes, Herbalists, Fletchers (arrow makers) were all trades that were to be found in a typical village. 

It was not uncommon for each household to have a small plot of land for rearing chickens, pigs and growing vegetables. Village life was very hard and in a way a survival lottery, but it was sustainable, with very little of Planet Earth's natural resources being depleted. The average Village had an almost zero carbon footprint. 

Start of the Industrial Revolution 

What changed all this was the arrival of the industrial revolution. The building of factories for the mass production of textiles and metal goods all played their part in localizing masses of workers to work in the mills and factories. This concentration of the masses created large towns and cities that required feeding, clothing and medical facilities! The rot had started. 

With the people of the new towns and cities needing food, and no way of growing their own produce, fertilizers were developed to help farmers to produce more food on the same area of land to feed the growing population of the cities. It is also interesting to note that there was not a population explosion at this time. 

The real driving force behind the rapid development in agriculture, manufacturing, medicine, and technology was the two World Wars. 

The First World War improved agricultural techniques, basic manufacturing of textiles, metal products, medical procedures and medicines. It also virtually wiped out the flower of European manhood in the trenches of Belgium and France. The population of Europe was not going to increase drastically anytime soon. 

The Second World War saw a quantum leap in technology such as ships, aircraft, armaments, communications, radar, medicine, rockets and of course nuclear physics. Again the Second World War killed far more people World Wide than was being born so even though WWII increased all aspects of technological ability it actually helped to stabilize the world's population. 

The Arrival of Consumerism 

It was the arrival of the sixties and the Baby Boomer period that started our planet on an unchangeable course of population explosion. Life was good! Communications between nations and people became easier, information on all aspects of life was shared worldwide whether voluntary or not. Life became good. Better life meant more babies, better medicine meant more babies survived, infant mortality plunged people lived longer and became healthier. 

Driven by slick advertising the people began to demand a better life and and consume more! Consumerism was born. It was the creation of consumerism during the fifties and sixties coupled with accelerated population growth that is largely to blame for the situation the Planet Earth is in today. 

To control effectively the depletion of the planets natural resources we have to control consumerism and to direct it onto a more sustainable path. Population growth is also a problem but one that mother nature appears to be working on. Curse of over Population The population of the developed western world and some highly developed Asian countries is in fact decreasing. More people are dying than are being born. There are more old people than young! The reproduction rate is falling rapidly in developed countries and is slowing in undeveloped countries. 

This fact alone will put a financial strain on countries in general. The cost of supporting an aging population may become prohibitive. Of the large Asian population countries China's far sighted one child policy is working with the population of China set to stabilize around 1.4 Billion people, and then slowly decrease. 

India even though it has an exploding population, the ratio of girls to boys is dropping rapidly due to the undesirability of girl babies. This will slow the growth of the Indian population over the next generation or two. Despite all this, the total population of Planet Earth is estimated to grow to 9 Billion people by 2050. 

This figure is definitely towards the upper limit that the present economic, fresh water supply and food system Planet Earth can support. If nothing is done about this exploding population then Planet Earth's resources will continue to be deleted at an alarming rate. We must go green! Water wars and food wars will become common with any land that supports growth at a premium! 

Conclusion 

The saving grace in all this, is that when the present old political leadership of the world retires it will be replaced by a younger, more sustainable energy savvy political leadership, which hopefully will ignore big business short sightedness and work towards a more sustainable future, in both energy and recourses. We really have no choice in this if Planet Earth hopes to survive in the future. At the moment this planet is our one and only lifeboat and will continue to be for the future.

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