Our Blue Beauty

There are billions of us riding on this blue beauty, the Planet Earth — through no volition of our own. We were simply born. We accrued health, wealth, and/or happiness. But a madness has been monopolizing the airwaves, one called entitlement. Caveat: If you’re here for detective fiction, give this blog a miss.

The sloganeers say we deserve Michelin-star meals, haute couture fashion, etc. Maybe we do. But the earth can’t provide everything we deserve, not for so many of us. Eight billion humans can’t all live like kings or queens.

To bring things closer to home — Canada, that is — I hear pundits saying the country’s population (now about 38 million) should be 100 million. They say it’s a big country, and it is, but the vast majority is north of the 50th parallel. And what if we want nature to flourish? I doubt Canada will experience overpopulation in my lifetime. However, let’s think of the planet as a whole. For its sake, let’s avoid going over nine billion. Which leads to a thorny proposition, yet not a new one: population control.

I realize there are numerous quagmires. For example, who implements said control? I don’t have answers – except fictional ones – but I do see a clear choice. Either we all try to live like gods, or we live like mortals — equal mortals — somewhat constrained yet content, our needs well met.

1 thought on “Our Blue Beauty”

  1. Yes, we’ve got to try to keep a reasonable footprint. I just read a review of a book — apparently influenced by the call for Canada to go to 100 million — that pushes for the USA to aim for a billion. Way too many, especially with typical levels of consumption. Immigration to North America is fine at stable levels, but it seems the number of people in the ‘home’ countries does not diminish. And rising standards globally, while desirable in many respects, means more demands on our planet’s finite resources. Plus more pressure on Nature, which ultimately is what sustains us.

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