Thursday, January 20, 2011

Overpopulation...somebody's got to say it.

Hey friends, this one is about my experiences on the Rideau Canal, and comparing two of the largest threats to humankind's existance: global warming and overpopulation.

Somebody's got to say it. I would hate for it be me, but I do pity the guy who decides that it's a good campaign slogan.

While skating the Rideau Canal this past Friday, on my regular shift from 5-11, I stopped to look at the eco-art on Dow's Lake. Most of the paintings/pictures were very well done. They included pristine images of ecosystems and focused snapshots of a myriad of organisms all co-existing happily. Most of them even contained inspiring captions. All was well in the world of eco-art.

But then I began to read more and more of these captions and realized that some of them weren't even pretending to be neutral. No - some of them contained blatant attacks on "industry", "humankind", etc, for causing, or contributing to, global warming. So I thought about it.

We human beings are very interesting creatures. We have always, and continue to, elevate ourselves above the natural world, into some advanced realm of "we're better than you, you dumb animals." This was done in ancient dendograms (charts depicting the relative hierarchy of organisms in the natural world), where humans were placed on the top. We haven't changed- today we grant ourselves the privilidge of not only a separate species name (sapien), but also a genus name (homo) dispite the fact that, for all logical purposes, homo may very well include chimpanzees.

As a result of our perceived patriarchy over the natural world, people have developed such ridiculous arguments such as "global warming will be the end of the world." Suckers relax...planet Earth would exist for a very long time without us (perhaps even better off?). End of the world? Not for the Earth...maybe for us.

Back to the point. Overpopulation. The real issue. Yes, global warming sucks- unless of course you live in the Northern hemisphere and are otherwise ecstatic about saving money on snowblower fuel. Global warming could kill us eventually- but before then we are going to run out of food, clean water, and adequate shelter (what with all the flooding). Oh ya, and with all of these people that the world's public health agencies certainly could not look after, we could experience outbreaks of deadly communicable diseases- not a big deal though...just ask anyone from England circa 1348-1350. (Yes- that was a bad Plague joke).

Point: Global warming: Grab your swim trunks. Overpopulation: where's dinner?



  1. SO i just wrote my comment and it deleted, now i have to type all over again. So I completely agree on the fact that Earth WILL be better of without us. ALl we do is screw around with it, polute it, test it, shake it... everythinng so it get's 'mad' lol at us and gives us earthquakes and bla bla bla the rest of it..

    But poor animals, we are taking over their land, building new apartemnt buildings, wall marts at the end of the cities and so poor babies have to move into cities,,, and then We are ones who complain why is there a bear in the city??? Well really before he was there and it is OUR fault that they are there... so MOVE out of the house and find a place where you can mark your territory starting from fresh! Woof that was my first type writing in a blog

  2. Judging by the time of post, I'd say you're about half a world away, eh? Well greetings!

    An interviewee in the documentary film "The 11th Hour" (narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio), makes a striking remark about our world.

    He imagines the Earth as if it were a multicellular organism (ie/ human, whale, dog, etc). Our entire species is referred to as a parasite- a virus if you will- eating away at the nutrients that the 40 000 km-around host has to offer, and killing cells that existed previously, all-the-while dividing at a rapid rate and leaving behind a destuctive trail of waste and byproduct.

    That's the question you're asking. Would the world be better off without us? Are we just an infectous parasite devouring the resources of a much larger organism? Our anthropomorphic view of humankind as a species says "no- this is our planet". Either way I don't think the Earth cares too much...

  3. Mike,

    Enjoy reading your blog.

    Re: "planet Earth would exist for a very long time without us (perhaps even better off?)." You've gotta watch this stand-up routine by the late George Carlin:

    He develops your thought a bit further.