Saturday, September 19, 2009

More People + Fewer Resources = Growing Conflict

This article illustrates some of the problems that the current population increase advocates are heading us towards. As the population increases, the demand for resources also increases. With a rapidly dwindling supply of such necessities as water and arable land for example, and the increasingly likelihood of consequent pollution of that water and arable land, the current population increase agenda is steering us head long into an unsustainable future of not only resource depletion but also full scale conflict.

The agenda of this government, and pretty much all current governments, are woefully inadequate to meet the needs of a resource deficient future. A sustainable society is a society which appreciates the balance between what is environmentally feasible and what is economically desirable. This government understands neither. - Dave

History books are filled with wars being fought over resources. It's not a new phenomenon, but it's a growing one. As supplies shrink of the resources we depend on most, conflicts will continue to intensify, and spread, around the world. Climate change is expected to exacerbate conflicts in already hard-hit places, like Africa. This is bad news, considering some of the world's most intense conflicts, including Darfur, are already linked with competition for water and other resources.

It's simple math: more people relying on quickly diminishing resources is a recipe for disaster. No one knows what that will look like exactly, except that it will not be peaceful. And it's not just a concern for overseas. Security experts predict that resource wars will start to be fought in more industrialized and relatively stable countries as communities struggle for access to resources they need to survive. Until patterns of consumption are changed, prospects for the future health of the planet and human population remain bleak. Access to crucial resources like food and water are not yet human rights, and the more people turn to fighting for them, the farther from it they will become.


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