Bill Gates, Where Are You?
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:
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.
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.
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.
Water, wind eroding crop soils many times faster than new formation.
We're losing rain forests and protective timber reserves at accelerating rates.
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.
Wild species, populations, genetic diversity, lost, rest out of balance.
10. Alien species
Transferring species to new lands destroying native species.
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."