[permaculture] Design-Bioregional-Energy/overpopulation

Marimike6 at cs.com Marimike6 at cs.com
Tue Jun 19 10:51:51 EDT 2007


Don says "I few words....let's limit the worlds population, lets stop 
interfering 
with nature. what is it that makes humans of greater value than say an 
ant???"

This is unlikely to ever be a popular suggestion.

In fact this sentiment is capitalized upon by the greenwash artists who 
artfully incline the public against ideas like conservation, recycling and 
sustainable uses in general. They tend to paint everyone in the movement as being 
dangerous radicals who don't care about human beings or the future of 
civilization, telling us we're no more important than ants, and should be curbed to save 
the world for the butterflies and the birds.

Which, of course, is true to some degree. But when you put it out there like 
that, all the folks in mainstream America tend to come out against whatever it 
is we're for. I would underplay that whole approach when speaking to a wider 
audience, and leave unsaid the connection between (a) our overconsumption of 
world resources and (b) the need for fewer people.

When put that way, it can be bent to seem like we're in favor of mass 
extermination campaigns. And at any rate, people will decide to reproduce themselves 
for strongly felt reasons all their own. I think they might resent having any 
organization inside or out of government telling them how many kids are 
recommended nowadays.

Michael   



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