David Suzuki Speaks About Overpopulation
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[David Suzuki Speaks About Overpopulation]
[David Takayoshi Suzuki, (March 24, 1936)] Source: LYBIO.net
You know, there are a lot of things that we can fix in this world. We can do something about, we can design the cities that we live in, the kinds of houses we live in, the market, the economy, currency, how many trees we’re going to cut, how many fish we’re going to catch, those things human beings can manage and control, because we create them and do them. But somethings are facts of life. We have to live with the speed of light, gravity, entropy, the first and second laws of thermal dynamics, those are things that we have to accept and work ourselves around.
And there is another one that is absolutely crucial, it’s a mathematic reality called exponential growth. If something is growing at 1% a year, it will double in 7 years. 2% a year, it will double in 35 years, 3% a year, in 24 years, 4%, 17.5 years. Anything growing exponentially will double in a predictable length of time. Now, I’m going to show you why all of this stuff about, we got to keep growing, keep the economy growing, we’ve got to keep everything growing is ultimately suicidal.
[David Suzuki] Source: LYBIO.net
I’m going to give you a system analogous to the planet and that’s a test tube full of food for bacteria. So the test tube and food is a planet and the bacteria are us. Now, I’m going to introduce one bacteria cell in and this is going to divide every minute, that’s exponential growth. So at time zero at the beginning there is 1 cell. 1 minute, there are 2 cells. 2 minutes, there are 4 cells. 3 minutes, there are 8 cells. 4 minutes, 16 cells, that’s exponential growth. And in 60 minutes the test tube is completely packed with bacteria and there’s no food left.
So we have a 60-minute growth cycle. When is the test tube only half full? Well, of course, the answer is at 59 minutes, even though it’s been chugging along for 59 minutes, it’s only half full, but 1 minute later, it will be completely filled. So that means at 58 minutes, it’s 25% full, 57 minutes, it’s 12.5% full. At 55 minutes of the 60-minute cycle, it’s 3% full.
At 55 minutes one of the bacteria says, hey guys, I’ve been thinking, we got a problem, we got a population problem. The other bacteria would say, Jack, what the hell have you been smoking man, 97% of the test tube is empty, and we’ve been around for 55 minutes. And they’d be five minutes away from filling it.
So, say, bacteria are no smarter than humans at 59 minutes they go, ‘Oh my God, Jack was right! We’ve got 1 minute left, what are we going to do? Well, don’t give any money to those economists that are saying we got to keep growing all the time, give it to those scientists, so they massively inject money into the scientific community, guess what? Unless in a minute those bacterial scientist invent three new test tubes for the food that would like us finding three more planets that we can use, what happens at 60 minutes, the first test tube is full. 61 minutes, the second is full, 62 minutes, all four are full.
[David Suzuki] Source: LYBIO.net
By quadrupling the amount of food and space, we buy 2 extra minutes. Our home is the biosphere. It’s fixed and finite. It can’t grow. And we’ve got to learn to live within that finite world. Every scientist I have talked to agrees with me: We’ve already passed the 59th minute.
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