I suppose it is common knowledge these days to remind ourselves that today is the day when “humanity has exhausted nature’s budget for the year.” In other words humanity spends earth’s annual biocapacity’s worth of resources in only a bit over eight months. Moreover, the time required to reach this point takes less and less time each year.
There’s a good chance that if you’ve heard of Hans Rosling‘s name you are not as worried over population growth as the average person. If you haven’t, you are likely to think that the earth is being swarmed by people. The typical conundrum goes along the lines that we are overcrowding the planet with an ever increasing speed as if there was no tomorrow. Moreover, you probably believe that in order to prevent a global population bomb from exploding it is necessary to implement strict measures, such as the Chinese one child policy. When you look at the below graph it is difficult to disagree with such musings. (more…)
My brother visited South Korea some years ago. He brought me a plastic toy diver (below) that worked with a pair of AA-batteries. The toy made some awkward jerking kicking motions I assume had something to do with underwater propulsion. I thought human dignity had reached rock bottom. We seriously couldn’t come up with anything better to do than build diving action figures? I admit though, that it was funny to imagine (in a self-loathing way) what the people working in the toy-diver-factory thought of the world around them and about the people buying the pointless things in the first place.