A dying seabird covered in oil. A sea turtle whose body is divided into two halves because of a plastic ring she could not escape from when she was young. A seal whose neck is slowly and painfully being cut in half by a piece of a copper wire that somehow got wrapped around. A sea bay full of toxic waste and a lake filled with dead fish, and other photos that colorfully exhibit what we, humans, are doing to this planet. Our pleasures, convenience, and comfort – the cornerstones of the modern living – do not come out of thin air, and are taking its toll on the planet. Garbage left after making us pleased does not go anywhere, either.
There are 7,37 billion of our species in the world today, and every one of us unwittingly contributes to the process of slow destruction of the planet.
There are solutions, though, and the only path that leads to these solutions is environmental awareness, compassion, and knowledge.
Population Speakout project’s primary concern is human overpopulation and the problems caused by that. In developed countries, each person generates daily 4.3lb (1.95kg) of waste (compare with 2.7 lb (1.2kg) in 1960). According to the highest estimates bu US Census Bureau, the world’s population will rise to 16 billion by 2100 (http://www.census.gov/population/international/). There is going to a lot of waste, I’m telling you.
That is why we, the people of today, have to plan families wisely, think rationally, spend reasonably, and most of all, live sensibly, with consideration to environment.