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Originally started as a challenge from one of the pages I loosely follow, this blog now allows me to rant and rave about the world, essentially to myself.

It also allows me to write up posts on specific issues and things that I am being asked about regularly, so that I can simply share the link.

There is no real theme for the blog, although I do often go into overpopulation and food security issues, because this topic has become taboo again and really needs to be back in discussion.

Note: Articles have been written at various points of my studies, or even before, and whilst I am not too concerned that the content is wrong, it may be shallow or lack nuance. If you feel something is daft or needs correcting then please do leave a comment.

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About The Author
I am an ex-teacher who has travelled the world quite a bit over the last decade, and seen first-hand the rapid changes taking place in every country I have lived in.

I first learnt about Malthusian Crises in my Zoology Batchelors, and the idea really stuck with me. The strain of overpopulation is visible in every country, directly or indirectly, especially when one applies systems thinking. It is hard to find a problem we face today that is not greatly exacerbated by the number of new citizens to be catered for.

Seeing the effects of global warming start to become more and more obvious, and consumerism speeding up exponentially in defiance of common sense… I decided to try and learn about the subject, and maybe help to mitigate it in future. Or just be in a position to help pick up the pieces when the effects get really pronounced.

So I returned to education, and I am currently studying a masters in Agricultural Economics in the top agricultural university in Germany.

  • Solving population growth humanely, but with alacrity, is humanities greatest problem at the moment. Having lived in China, and Africa, and worked in the third sector… We can avoid suffering if we act strongly but compassionately now.
  • Second will be feeding the huge quantity with our dwindling agricultural potential – yes, technology is impressive, but it has a limit… and agricultural land is rapidly decreasing per capita, and yields are affected by global warming. And where is all the population growth taking place? In the regions particularly affected by climate change, with water scarcity and degraded lands an extra spectre.
  • Third will be learning how to exist with less plastic production, less growth based economics, and to unlearn our models of Planned and Perceived Obsolescence … This goal, at least, is one that we can truly make some progress on if we wanted to… but as with everything, it will need intelligent economic incentivising (most likely with more sticks than carrots, so to speak).

And unfortunately, all change will require us to work together globally – a famously difficult task with such watering down in the compromises as to render it nearly pointless – leading to slow or limited change.

If you have time, I urge you to read the Limits to Growth book.  There are updated books, the latest from 2003 (here is the in depth synopsis for the 30 year update. The trend predictions it made in 1972 are so close to reality that it is (or should be) genuinely startling. 

Limits to Growth – 1972 original – Full digital copy

I am pessimistic about our chances, to be honest. Hopefully, I will be proved wrong. I have since joined Extinction Rebellion to try to increase my optimism and hope for the future, or at the very least to have been involved in a movement that does stand a chance of improving things.

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(Random image from the internet, but I must admit, that estimation seems close to the period I also believe serious unpleasantness will be unfolding… above and beyond the normal level, that is)

 

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