Nobody wants to talk about the OVERSIZED ELEPHANT in the room: Overpopulation! The Catholic Church is one of the biggest contributors to overpopulation. The argument that we’ve got to all make-do with less to make room for more is pure BULLSHIT! The PRIMARY cause of climate change is not a per-capita increase in the production of CO2, but a global increase in the production of CO2 by an ever increasing number of people producing CO2.
Pope Francis, baby! The historic curves of population and CO2 are about the same, and it’s not a coincidence! Please, Pope Francis, cut your church’s support of population growth!
I am lucky to live in a country that has yet to brim over. While the devaluation of human labor has adversely affected me and many of my generation, at least I can find open spaces to sit in, quietly, where I neither see nor hear anybody around me. In China and India, the opposite is true. No land is undisturbed by people who crawl like ants in every corner, and the sky is so thick with pollution as to make possible midday direct viewing of the sun by the naked eye.
Humanity has been able to grow only by borrowing against the future of the sea and the air. Now, the world’s oceans are becoming sterile, and the atmosphere is thick with smoke in places to where industry has moved in its avoidance of rules to curtail its most noxious effluents. The buildup of carbon dioxide is subtle when compared to the filth of unfiltered factory and automotive exhaust. People die in caves because they don’t notice dangerous levels of carbon dioxide until it’s too late to escape. The same is true of carbon dioxide as it affects Earth’s temperatures.
As a whole, our species is the proverbial frog in a pot of water being slowly heated by a flame, beneath. We feel no change, and we turn our backs on what we intellectually know. We are as the Russian raiders of an atomic waste dump were, who ignored posted signs warning of the presence of invisible radiation so as to acquire valuable radionuclides, and who would die days later. We are as the burglar who dies soon after entering a Vikane-fumigated home to turn a quick theft-driven profit.
Everywhere, nature has posted warning signs: Overpopulation leads to extinction. Over reproduce at your own peril.
Westerners finance third-world over reproduction by industrializing lands upon which impoverished people live, who are willing to destroy the natural world, immediately improving their lives while reproducing like rabbits set free in the forests of New Zealand.
In the 1960s, the American Peace Corps taught people of the third world not how to fish, but how to over fish, not how to build, but how to overbuild. They failed to warn, however, of the dangers of overbuilding and over fishing. Now, this kumbaya moment is brought to you by the future destruction of human civilization.
So, Pope Francis: I love you, but until you can admit that your flock has a population problem, I need you to shut the fuck up.