TUMBY BAY - One of the surest long term ways of combatting human induced climate change is to reduce our footprint on the planet.
The best way to do this is to limit the growth of population. The logic is simple: the less of us there are, the less we will collectively need.
With a reduced population we won’t need as much energy, food or water. It is something our ancestors knew but which we seem to have forgotten.
By not digging up all our minerals, chopping down all our trees, using all our water and cultivating all our land we will give the planet and the climate a chance to recover.
As simple as the idea sounds the less likely it is to be invoked.
Why not? Well, all of us, but especially our politicians, are just not geared to long term planning.
As a species we have evolved into insatiable consumers.
We want everything and we want it now. If we see someone with something we want more of it and we want bigger and sassier versions of it.
We care little for the future. We don’t care that we are going to leave our children and grandchildren a stricken planet. All we care about is that we can have what we want right now.
If we destroy the planet so what? We won’t be here to see it, so why worry?
We as individuals and families and our various nations have built up an enormous debt but care little about paying it off – that’s for future generations to worry about. We have mortgaged the future of those generations and sold them down the river and we don’t care one iota.
To pay off our debts our children and grandchildren will simply have to perpetuate our mistakes.
Meanwhile, our electoral cycle driven politicians can only see 3, 4 or 5 years ahead to when the next election occurs.
Just like our lust for everything now they lust only for short term solutions that will win votes at the next election.
Instead of promoting ideas like carefully planned population growth they continue to harp on with ridiculous mantras about growth and development.
The last thing our planet needs right now is growth. The last thing we need to do now is cater to the short term greed that growth encourages.
Growth is only good when it can do more with less. Growth that does more with more is ultimately destructive and will eventually be our downfall as a species.
There is no reason why we can’t grow as human beings yet be less in number. It is all a matter of balance.
Reaching that point of balance is probably the biggest challenge that faces humankind today.
If you hear a politician spruiking about ‘growth’ turn away. He or she is a short term junky and an idiot.