I second Michael Fopeano’s letter (4/16) concerning the dangers of population growth. The open frontier is gone. We now have a heavily populated finite world, greatly damaged by human efforts to overproduce and overconsume. Even now we struggle to find energy sources that will not aggravate global warming, and every additional person increases that burden. Moreover, there are biological limits to the amount of potable water and food that can be produced.
Unless we keep human population constrained within these limits, we are all threatened. Already, oceans are dangerously overfished, and we see emerging food and water shortages in Asia and Africa. Furthermore, in the final, frantic struggle for food, energy and other necessities, we may well poison our environment beyond any recovery: War is very destructive.
Whether “green,” “pro-life,” Democrat, Republican or independent, we must unite. Survival requires that we initiate a worldwide program to prevent human reproduction from destroying this fragile planet on which our lives and all our hopes depend. Write your senator. And vote.
Margaret A. Hogan
I am glad to see I am not the only one who realizes that the world’s problems are caused by man. It only stands to reason, for example, that our fresh water supplies are dwindling. After all, the human body is approximately two-thirds water, and that water has to come from somewhere. If the population goes up, the water supply goes down.
As the population grows and requires more land to live on, there is less land to grow food. The more trees that are cut down to make room for farms, the fewer trees there are to clean the air and, therefore, more greenhouse gases accumulate, resulting in global warming and climate change. This deforestation also causes soil erosion and increased desert area, which makes for less farmable and livable land and less animal and plant habitat. And this doesn’t cover the pollution we constantly pump into the environment, causing more problems.
No, Mr. Fopeano, you are not the only one “terrified by these figures.”
The “threat of overpopulation” message is not new. The writer says we should stop “uncontrolled breeding” in order to save the “other plant and animal species” of planet Earth.
Good for him his parents didn’t get this advice before he was born.
The save-the-planet themes do raise some questions. Save it for whom? Which plants and what animals are going to inherit the Earth?
My recollection of Genesis is that man was given dominion over this creation, along with the gift to “breed.”
I’m not aware of any knowledge that this rock in all of the universe will last forever.