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Bill Gates, Where Are You?

Bill Gates, Where Are You?

Tech Guru Fails Reality Check: Ignores Overpopulation

By 2050, with a population of 10 billion, including 1.4 billion each in China and India, we are in effect committing suicide. 
How Gates efforts ripple, undermining the future of the planet.
"One of the disturbing facts of history is that so many civilizations collapse," warns Jared Diamond, an environmental biologist and author of "Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed." Many "share a sharp curve of decline," that often begins "only a decade or two after it reaches its peak population, wealth and power." 

Some warn: "It's already too late." "We're past the point of no return." 

Gates billionaire buddies should re-examine the effect of the world's out-of-control population problem as it ripples through the lens of Diamond's
"collapse equation." It's very simple: "More people require more food, space, water, energy, and other resources ... There is a long built-in momentum to human population growth." 

So take a moment and ask yourself how the world's explosive population growth from seven to 10 billion in one short generation, plus their increasing demand for more resources per capita, will ripple through Diamond's other 10 key variables: 
1. Energy 

Oil, natural gas, coal: They're all near or past their tipping points. With costs accelerating, new technologies and alternatives, biofuels, solar, nuclear power, will never be enough. Unfortunately, by 2050 demand for fossil fuels will still be 80% for 10 billion. 
2. Food 

Two billion global poor live on $2 a day; depend on fish and wild foods that are dying off for protein. Increasing food prices make matters worse. Green revolution failing: United Nations study says new production technologies have not improved food access. 
3. Water 

Water problems destroyed many earlier civilizations. Today a million lack safe drinking water. By 2015 two-thirds of the world will live in water-stressed countries. 
4. Farmland 

Water, wind eroding crop soils many times faster than new formation. 
5. Forests 

We're losing rain forests and protective timber reserves at accelerating rates. 
6. Chemicals
Our air, soil, oceans, lakes and rivers are dying from toxic chemicals. 
7. Solar energy 

Sunlight's limited. By 2050 we'll use 100% photosynthetic capacity. 
8. Ozone layer 

Our CO2 is destroying our ozone protection, reducing solar energy. 
9. Diversity 

Wild species, populations, genetic diversity, lost, rest out of balance. 
10. Alien species
Transferring species to new lands destroying native species. 

Diamond's historical research tells us that leaders are myopic, motivated more by self-interest, expediency and money than by courage, convictions and long-term thinking. They fail to act in time. Unprepared, their worlds crumble fast. They may respond to a catastrophe. But in the end, history tells us over and over that most leaders live in denial, avoiding timely decisions, failing even in time of crises, till it's too little, too late. 

Gate’s Billionaire Philanthropist Club probably knows in their hearts the truth. They're not in denial. They've given up. The problem will never be solved. So they're not even trying to fix the overpopulation problem, instead, focusing on short-term feel-good efforts, knowing that in the not-too-distant future the planet, our civilization and the human species will fade to black. 

Let's pray that Uncle Warren gets back into the game demanding they "don't just go for safe projects. Take on the really tough problems."

In all, it behooves us to ask our so-called brightest and best why little attention is being paid to the simple algebraic outcomes of overpopulation. To demand that they turn their intellectual skills and other resources to reversing the trending momentum that is clearly pushing the human condition over the cliff to its last waltz. Bill Gates, we call on you to also focus your energy, time and efforts to the single greatest concern that has ever confronted the human species. For in the very end Mr Gates; regardless of the stripes we choose, rich or poor, green or blue, young or old, we are still all in this together...

First Financial Insights Inc
November 22, 2011
Toronto, ON

Certain contents of article provided courtesy of William N Ryerson, President
Population Media Center and Population Institute
P.O. Box 547
Shelburne, Vermont 05482-0547


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