World Population Day 2014: I’ll Have What She’s Having

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Two months ago today, South Park producer/animation director Eric Stough –addressing the 2014 graduating class at University of Colorado – offered some life-saving advice (at 13:48 in this video): “In less than two hours you’ll walk through those gates with your hard earned diploma and it’s time to think about work, getting a job, climbing the corporate ladder, looking forward to raises, maybe buying a house with a partner and having a baby or two, and for Earth’s sake keep it to tw Read more

Starting a Family? Think Small (World Population Day 2014)

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As we approach World Population Day 2014 (July 11), it’s well past time we seriously consider the role of human population level in the sustainability of our civilization. Over the last century the scale of the human enterprise has mushroomed, eventually surpassing the capacity of the Earth to sustainably support us. Scientists at the Global Footprint Network estimate we crossed that threshold about 40 years ago. Every year we get an update from WWF revealing how far into overshoot we have ven Read more

5 Ridiculous Reasons Overpopulation is Politically Incorrect

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One would have to live in a hole to be unaware of the crushing crises we face thanks to the growing scale of the human enterprise on our planet. It’s a subject we desperately need to address. Discussion of the overpopulation part of this equation, however, remains a mere whisper in public discourse. When making the film, GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth, I was warned not to include the subject. I was reminded recently of the most maddening of the reasons many steer clear of this subject. I’ll Read more

5 Things You Wouldn’t Do on a Spaceship

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Tomorrow is Earth Day, the one day of the year we have anywhere close to a critical mass of people actually thinking about maintaining our life-support systems.           Here are a few things you wouldn’t do on a spaceship: 1. Disassemble it in order to create jobs and have a robust economy 2. Pack it with more people than it can sustainably support 3. Consume more food or water than its stores can supply for the duration of the voyage 4. Smoke, fart, urinate or def Read more

World Water Day – Are We Nuts???

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Saturday is World Water Day, as declared by the United Nations. As good folks around the world wring their hands over the looming shortage of freshwater for a growing world population, I’d like to take this opportunity to point out the obvious: If a growing population is creating the problem, then let’s stop growing the population. Yet, even the UN’s World Water Day rhetoric tap-dances around the subject (it’s actually the biggest bunch of gobbledygook I’ve seen in a long t Read more

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