Human activity leaves unthinkable imprint on the natural environment. Deforestation, air pollution, climate change and rising ocean level are only some of the examples of the current condition of our nature. But how longer will the planet bear with the widely spread careless attitude that humans demonstrate? And what will the future bring? The dramatic changes in the planet’s atmosphere, biosphere and hydrosphere shape a rather fatalistic presumption about Earth’s future.
The idea about Earth’s apocalyptic future and its finite resources dates back to the 18th century. The economist Thomas Malthus articulated the theory of population. His findings show that population increases in an exponentially while food production grows arithmetically. The discrepancy between the two types of growth envisioned the impossibility to meet the population’s needs. Unfortunately, it looks like Malthus’s theory is turning into reality. With the expectation of human population to reach 9 billion people until 2050, it is frightening to imagine how the lack of food resources could lead to a famine crisis.
No matter how large the population of the Earth is, we are all part of a lager complex organism. Human activity is detrimental to the planet’s resources. However, as the Gaia hypothesis states the planet will keep existing thanks to its self-regulating system for its altering conditions. In other words, the Earth will stay. But will we keep being its inhabitants? Or will our actions, leading to severe changes in the natural environment, turn back as a boomerang to the existence of the human race?
Looked from such a Neo-Malthusian perspective, there is little hope for the well-being of the human-kind habitat. Are we then the next dinosaurs? And do we have the power to change the trajectory of the meteor that moves rapidly towards the human kind?
I believe the answer to this question is “Yes!” as long as humans realize their responsibility towards protecting the environment. The issue might appear to have no exit: in an economic-driven society, profits become highly valued and little attention is paid on how they are obtained. Consumerism creates a constant demand for products and services which are often obtained without any care towards the environment. The vicious cycle continues and companies keep satisfying the customer needs attracted by the final economic benefits. However, following this trajectory will eventually bring our society to a point of extreme scarcity of the natural resources. Scarcity which will no longer allow humans to live the same way as before. A revolution is needed to step away from the self-destruction path on which humanity is moving.
Sincerely yours with heart full of hope,