After the earth’s population hit the 7B mark at the end of 2011, its very difficult to argue that there is no link between human activity and climate change –
- “well, duh”
How could it not be so?
- in the year 1 AD, there were 200 million people on earth
- By 1804 this had grown to 1 Billion people on earth
- It took another another 123 years (1927) to double to 2B
- And less than another century to more than triple to 7B in 2011
According to the New York Times, the average person exhales 167K liters of CO2 into the atmosphere every year. More if they exercise or exert themselves while at work.
I did the math for you, or, more accurately Excel did it —
|Population||CO2 per year|
Add to this the estimate that 91,000 acres of forest are lost every day and its impossible to reason that the density of human activity is not changing the atmosphere of the planet and more.
Arguing that reducing the carbon foot print of the developed and developing world – through alternative energy sources – dangerously minimizes the magnitude of the problem.
- It is likely that 10 years from now – we will all be driving cars. capable of long distance travel – that are powered entirely by new solar and battery technologies – — without government investment
- And the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere will still be growing!
This is not a problem that cannot be solve completely in our life times — but that is not a reason not to begin –
Managing and minimizing climate change is not something the United States can do alone. Its a global phenomenon.
But it is the responsibility of the United States, the world’s only super power, to lead in establishing a new global approach to managing a sustainable environment for a population that will exceed 10B before the end of the century.
- First, by acknowledging the size, scope and magnitude of the problem –
- And, then providing the leadership needed to galvanize world leaders into action –
- Fossil fuels and plastic bags are both historically transitory and miniscule in absolute terms.
All we can do is hold our collective breath, while we wait —