The environmental impact of a growing population
More population means more consumption.
More consumption means more production.
More production means more destroying the environment.
In the societies where we are living now, we are encouraging the consumption with massive amounts of advertisement.
It looks nice, beautiful, rich, clean, pretty and perfect.
All of the people are exposed to the temptations of consumption from morning until they fall asleep. The next day, it starts again.
There are more than 6,000,000,000 people in the world. All of them need a house, clothes, food, water and so on. And obviously, we don’t use only we need, we also consume something we don’t need, we use something we want.
Then all of it causes waste.
How many forests and rainforests in the world have been destroyed by human beings?
We have destroyed plenty in the Amazon, in Malaysia and so on.
Those lands became wastelands by cutting down all the trees which are maintaining the global temperature. They are extremely important to control the carbon dioxide that we produce every day at massive levels.
Where do those trees go?
If we enter our homes, probably you will find them. Enter IKEA which is everywhere in the world. And see how plenty of trees have been transferred to be sold to us. Are they really needed?
The trees in the forest, they are needed to keep this planet safe and also our lives.
But what about the furniture made of those trees?
We cannot live without them? I’m sure that nobody says no, I cannot live. What about avocado? Yes, honestly, I really like it. It’s soft and tasty. To grow the avocados that global people love to eat, we are stripping the land of trees and animals.
The mono-culture and the single- crop make the land unable to be cultivated. Meaning that it becomes the wasteland.
The economic develop in China makes Chinese people wealthy.
More than 13 billion people started to consume.
They want nice clothes, clean water, healthy food, cheap production and so on. Especially as they become richer they consume more ‘meat’.
Humanity has been eating meat since primitive times.
But as we all know, the ways of production and the purpose are completely different today. At that time, hunting was a part of nature to survive in the harsh living conditions.
However, today, we PRODUCE meat as a commodity.
Meaning that we produce and consume it more than needed. In the process, plenty of cows, chicken, pigs and whatever are being kept in horrible conditions to be eaten by human beings. To transport the mass meat production.
I cannot even imagine, how much carbon dioxide is generated. In addition, the gas that cows are generating accounts for more carbon dioxide than vehicle smoke.
Carbon dioxide is the biggest factor of the Global warming.
The global warming is affecting the entire world.
We cannot divide countries which are not affected, and which are affected. Even you live in a developed country, it doesn’t mean you are not affected by this climate change.
More people die of extreme heat or cold every year in USA, Korea anywhere. More natural disasters come to your land.
The land degradation happens everywhere in Africa. We all know that we have to save water.
We are living in one world.
It’s not two or three worlds. We are affecting each other, the relationships between human beings, between nature and also between human and nature.
February Team 2017