Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Taking Smaller Bites

According to the Science Editor of the Guardian, 1360 scientists from 95 countries have signed a paper that says humans have depleted about two thirds of our natural resources, so far, and it's not slowing down.

In effect, one species is now a hazard to the other 10 million or so on the planet, and to itself.

The scary thing about these findings is that they don't deal at all with mineral resources, which according to the Hubbard Oil Curve and anyone who looks at it clearly, are in the same sad state. These two situations taken together with any truth in climate change could point to a collapse of our societies just down the road. This is what the front pages, and not just the backrooms, of the world should be talking about.

Maybe we won't have to worry about all this recent world war posturing, maybe Mother Nature will get us first. Or possibly that's what these wars have always been about, despite the political, religious reasons that we are always fed.

We would do well to remember the words of St. Exupery, "We do not inherit the Earth from our parents, we borrow it from our children."

1 comment:

Karl said...

I'd be kind of surprised if there were more resources now than before, so whatever our rate of use, resources are going to be 'depleted'.

Check out some of the free market solutions suggested by the report (I doubt they'll get much play in the Guardian).