Yikes, I was reading again, and I know, not good for anyone, but this little tid bit really freaked me out. It has only been 12 years for humans to add another BILLION people to planet. 1999 the human population reached the 6 billion mark and just a short 12 years later we made it to the 7 billion mark. That was quick, a little too quick. At that rate we could destroy the planet even faster than I thought. In an awesome book that I have referenced a few times, The View from Lazy Point, by Carl Safina, the author makes the point that the population is growing, but makes the very relevant point that guess what the "Planet Earth cannot grow" (105). We have what we have, and what we have can and will run out. We cannot grow another healthy rain forest in my life time, we cannot take all the pollution out of the oceans over night. And woops, I think we need all those forests and oceans to live. Ruh roh. A lot of our ideas and ideals are old. Being old is great, but being gone is not so great. Our planet cannot support all the life at the rate of growth, because humans seem to trample all the other life. What, there is more alive on this planet than humans, crazy. But without all the other living things there are no humans. So you may think it is ok that some random lizard went extinct, but is the reason it went extinct because we killed its habitat, and were we (humans) dependent upon that habitat for something? Yikes, I hope not. So we all know were baby's come from and no one really wants to talk about that. But it looks like we have to, or no one will be talking, you know since we will have destroyed ourselves. Education is cool, because we do not want to have 20 kids, and I think their are certain TV families that illustrate that point (you know who you are). Got to break some old habits in order to make room for, well survival. Doesn't matter what you believe in, we (myself included) have to remember we are not the center, there is more. All life is precious, but lets work to keep ALL life alive. I know this may be old news to some and maybe a bit too preachy for others, but seriously I need help. Yes it is all about me, and I do need lots of help. Lets say the help of I don't know 6,999,999,999 other people. That is how desperate I am (insert obvious laughter here).
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