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Save the Earth with Birth Control

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In honor of Earth Day, it seems only fitting that we discuss ways to ensure that many more generations have the opportunity to catch a beautiful sunset and plant trees on April 22. After all, this celebration has recently become an impetus for conservation and preservation talks worldwide as the effects of human impact are becoming ever more dire.

And while there are the obvious ways we can all make a difference — recycling, being energy efficient, saving water — there is a more pressing issue that often gets pushed out of the forefront.

Overpopulation plays a large (if not the largest) part in current Earth-related problems popping up almost everywhere. With the world population approaching 7 billion, it is time to seriously start thinking about ways to make sure every man, woman and child goes to sleep without feeling hungry while respecting the finite natural resources that exist.

More people means more cars on the roads, which means more greenhouse gases being emitted into the atmosphere. More people means less resources and less food to go around, which leads to destruction of land, increases in disease and wars for resources. And the bad news is that it is only going to get worse as this growing population continues to grow at an amazing rate.

There is some good news, though. Great news. All these problems are solvable, so long as we don’t wait until it is too late. It is time that we talk about population control and how it relates to the destruction of our planet. If more people had access to birth control, practiced safe sex or abstained completely, there is no doubt that it would drastically impact the world population. In turn, with a decrease in population — or at the least a leveling off — we would be taking steps to control this issue before Mother Nature steps in with a global epidemic (think bubonic plague).

Though some religious groups are fundamentally opposed to contraceptive use, it is important to remember that we are all at the mercy of the world. Try as we might, we cannot control natural elements.

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"but ensuring that your family lives on in a world as pristine as possible is a much better legacy to leave behind."

So it is really all about circle jerking around a mythical snapshot of the world, not the mechanics or the dynamics. You do know that the word pristine essentially means new born, untouched, virgin, innocent. You're creeping me out here.

"The Earth has built-in mechanisms that can be devastating"

You mean like when Indiana Jones takes the artifacts the whole place tries to kill him?

"we would be taking steps to control this issue before Mother Nature steps in with a global epidemic (think bubonic plague)."

I guess that's a yes. Again creeped out in PG-13 Stephen Spielberg style.

"the finite natural resources that exist."

First of all, Nature is the whole universe, not the Earth, the whole shebang since the Big Bang. I thought we'd passed geocentric notions way back around Copernicus and Newton, you know the guy who allegedly said that the rules up there are the same as here and vice-versa.

Second of all, there is no end in the available water, food, and oxygen. It's not the quantity, it's the flow. Peak oilers, for all their blindness to Big Oil's own excuses for hiking up the price, at least understand this.

Lastly, the simplistic models, rhetoric that sounds like gossip between purple haired old ladies at a bridge game, and the hackneyed mythology of Nature as a beast lying in wait, make my head spin.

April 24, 2009 - 4:52am
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