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Everything linked on this page is linked for the purpose of education; and
I am the author of this page, not Zidisha.

Anytime you see anything in "ALL CAPS" here, that is *not* intended as "yelling"
but, rather, it's intended only as EMPHASIS.

Furthermore, nothing in my posts ever is intended as "fear-mongering"...
despite that, yes, unfortunately some of it is scary... but, rather, it's intended to
alert/awaken, inform, educate, elucidate, and motivate others to start immediately
(and continue) to help create a sustainable and much healthier world for us all...
and in a way that most people don't yet seem to be aware of, despite that it clearly
and unequivocally is THE most important step to take...

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I am a concerned citizen...

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It's good that we're all interested in trying to reduce poverty here...
BUT WE ALSO CAN HAVE ANOTHER EVEN MUCH MORE SIGNIFICANT IMPACT
on reducing poverty... and the climate crisis... and food insecurity...
and fresh-water shortages... and more...

There is one cause of all of these issues that overshadows all other causes...

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The number-one problem on Planet Earth may surprise you...
It's THE largest cause of most of the other problems that we face on the planet...

The number-one and, BY FAR, most-effective (and humane) solution,
and its urgency, also may surprise you...

The problem is something that most of humanity is long overdue on paying attention to, on a daily basis... and its most-effective (and humane) solution is something that we're long overdue on encouraging and incentivizing, on a daily basis, and on a global scale...

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You will learn here why there isn't any more time to waste in getting serious about
THE number-one, most-effective, positive impact that EACH of us can and must have, starting now (those who haven't already started)... and going forward (all of us)...

It's not about recycling or installing solar panels (although those actions and many other actions are very important, too)... rather, though, it's something much, much, MUCH more impactful, and extremely important to do... in addition to, but above all else...

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Please closely read everything on this page... please also visit each link, and closely read/watch/listen to everything on those pages, too... to begin (or to continue)
YOUR EDUCATION on what inarguably is *the* most important problem on the planet... and the reason why one specific personal and societal change matters ABOVE all others... in addition to, but ABOVE all others...

THIS IS NO TIME TO BE LAZY ABOUT READING/WATCHING/LISTENING...
THIS IS NO TIME TO BE LAZY ABOUT CLOSELY PAYING ATTENTION...

If you don't have the energy or can't make the time right this minute,
then please bookmark this page and come back to it, a.s.a.p., to finish reading/watching/listening to everything presented here...

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After you've closely read this page, and have read/watched/listened to what's on the linked pages, as well, the problem and its best solution should be (and likely will be)
so obvious to you that you'll wonder why you didn't realize it before...

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It's not your fault... many people who otherwise could have educated you about all this are either not really well aware of the mathematical and scientific facts and truth of the matter... or have been in denial of the uncomfortable and unpleasant truth... or are aware and aren't in denial, but are apathetic (in other words, irresponsibly just don't care)...
or are aware and aren't in denial or apathetic, but falsely believe it isn't possible to solve the problem.

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This situation has gone on for many decades... but it cannot go on any longer...

Most teachers, and others in similarly influential positions, could have kept the issue front-and-center in everyone's minds, and could have been encouraging everyone to be a significant part of the solution instead of, in most cases, a huge part of the problem...

And, of course, there's been outright suppression (by many heads of large corporations, by many politicians, by many reporters, etc.), in order to keep the majority in "blissful" ignorance of the issue and of its most-effective (and humane) solution...

In fairness, though, many of the individuals in the roles mentioned above maybe aren't yet well-aware of the issue, themselves, or of its most-effective (and humane) solution...

In any case, neither ignorance nor denial nor apathy about the issue and its best solution can be afforded, any longer... we all have to know about it and we all have to participate significantly in humanely solving the problem...

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So, what is the biggest problem on this planet?
Answer: EXPONENTIAL GROWTH of the human population... human overpopulation...
It is *the* cause of just about every other problem we face...

And what is the *humane* solution to this top problem on the planet?
Answer: Voluntarily limiting the number of human pregnancies,
per human lifetime, worldwide... to a one-child average...

If you don't think so, please keep reading to learn the facts
and the truth that I wish were not the truth...

But can we really solve our top problem, humanely?
Answer: Yes... however, EDUCATION is key...

This page and the linked pages can help...

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MOST-IMPORTANT CONCEPT:

The first thing you need to understand
is what EXPONENTIAL GROWTH is...
because it's not what you probably think...

To understand the concept of exponential growth,
please see all of this easy-to-understand, interactive tutorial:
www.WorldPopulationBalance.... [org/understanding-exponential-growth]

Then, please give that some good thought...
because that is THE most important concept for everyone to grasp...

If you don't yet understand why, you soon will...
Keep reading closely... (and keep clicking & reading/watching/listening closely)...

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A MUST-SEE VIDEO:

Richard Williams (a.k.a. "Prince Ea"):
www.YouTube.com/watch?v=B-n... [EYsyRlYo] (4 min., 23 sec.)*
(posted on YouTube by National Geographic)

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*Please see: www.NationalGeographic.com/... [history/article/morocco-early-human-fossils-anthropology-science] for a correction to a minor error in something he says near the beginning of his video, about the approximate length of time that humans have been on this planet... he says: "about 140,000 years"... however, humans actually have been on the planet for at least about 300,000 YEARS...

In any event, the sharply curved upward spike of
EXPONENTIAL human-population increase didn't begin
until sometime around ONLY ABOUT 100 TO 200 YEARS AGO:
www.EvidenceUnseen.com/wp-c... [wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Picture1.png]...

IMPORTANT NOTE: When you see a curve that looks like that, think "UNSUSTAINABLE"... because, ultimately, in living populations, it IS unsustainable...

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As "Prince Ea" states in his video up above, if we condense the age of the planet down to 24 hours, he's correct that the equivalent amount of time that human beings have been here would be comparable to only a matter of mere seconds... and, apart from a minor error near the beginning of the video, which I've mentioned and corrected above,
he's right about everything else that he so eloquently states in that video, too.

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ANOTHER MUST-SEE VIDEO:

This short video--(5 minutes, 46 seconds)--from "PopulationEducation.org"
(a sister website of "PopulationConnection.org") shows the increase in
our human population through time... Vimeo.com/130468614

(Please just disregard what one commenter posted about moving to Australia. If you can't already imagine why that wouldn't be a solution, then after you've finished reading this page and have finished reading/watching/listening to everything linked from this page, you will understand. Also, see this, from Australian Broadcasting Corporation: "Climate Scientists Reveal Their Fears...": www.YouTube.com/watch?v=jIy... [0t5P0CUQ])

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Notice how fast births still are far outpacing deaths, even during a pandemic:
www.worldometers.info/

(The indisputable fact is that there *were* more deaths in 2020 than in 2019,
due to the covid-19 pandemic: Fact Check: www.usatoday.com/story/news...
[...more-deaths-2020-than-2019...].)

Continued exponential growth, even during a pandemic,
is due, in part, to the "snowball effect" of earlier exponential population growth...
which began only about 100 to 200 years ago... ("just yesterday" as that's only
one or two human lifetimes... or only a bit more, in the case of most human lives)...

And an exponentially increasing population is not sustainable...

In fact, our human-population level began exceeding the sustainable capacity** of this planet around 1960, when our numbers reached approximately 3 billion human beings...

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Consider that it took at least 300,000 years just to reach 1 BILLION...
www.NationalGeographic.com/... [history/article/morocco-early-
human-fossils-anthropology-science]...

And, then, it took only about 130(!) years to reach 2 BILLION...
And then, only about 30(!!) years to reach 3 BILLION...

And, now, AFTER ONLY ABOUT SIXTY (60) SHORT YEARS MORE... (my lifetime, so far)...
we already--(and very rapidly)--have reached far more than double(!) the 3 billion we reached around 1960... We currently are at ALMOST EIGHT (8!) BILLION** human beings on the planet: www.worldometers.info/

See the second graph on the following page...
"Time Between Billions in [Human] Population Growth":
courses.LumenLearning.com/S... [SUNY-biology2xmaster/chapter/
human-population-growth/]...

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**Just because many more than 3 billion human beings can physically fit on the planet, that doesn't mean the planet can sustain that many of us very well (or, eventually, at all), or the many other species we've been causing to go extinct at quite an alarming rate,
due to our mismanagement of ourselves and of our "guardianship" of this planet...

See: www.TheGuardian.com/environ... [environment/2015/jun/19/humans-creating-sixth-great-extinction-of-animal-species-say-scientists]...

And this, as well: www.TheGuardian.com/environ... [environment/2017/jul/10/earths-sixth-mass-extinction-event-already-underway-scientists-warn]

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When you hear that there's a growth rate of 1% (or less), or even 2% or 3% or 4%,...
you may tend to think that those are slow growth rates... but those aren't...

Understanding Population-Growth Rates:
www.ThoughtCo.com/populatio... [population-growth-rates-1435469]

Be aware of and always remember the following...

"THE RULE OF 70":

Always divide 70 by the annual growth-rate percentage
to know the population's doubling(!!) time...

If the annual growth-rate percentage is 0.5%... (½%)...
then, the population doubles in only 140 years...

If the annual growth-rate percentage is 1%...
then, the population doubles in only 70 years...

If the annual growth-rate percentage is 2%...
then, the population doubles in only 35 years...

3%... in slightly more than 23 years...
4%... in fewer than 18 years...
5%... in only 14 years...
6%... in fewer than 12 years...
7%... in only 10 years...
8%... in fewer than 9 years...
9%... in fewer than 8 years...
10%... in only 7 years...
11%... in slightly more than 6 years...
12%... in fewer than 6 years...
13%... in slightly more than 5 years...
14%... in only 5 years...
and so on...

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VERY IMPORTANT:

Please visit the following webpage and scroll down to see the graph: www.ScienceMag.org/news/201... [2017/07/best-way-reduce-your-
carbon-footprint-one-government-isn-t-telling-you-about]...

THE BEST WAY TO REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT
IS ONE THE GOVERNMENT ISN'T TELLING YOU ABOUT...
but they should be telling you... and so should the media be...
and so should schools be, too... every day... at every level...

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And it's not just "have one fewer child" that's needed... but, rather, if a person creates
any new human beings at all, it's necessary to stop at one, or at two (at the very most), because a one-child average--(some creating no children, some creating only one child,
and some creating only two children)--is what's required to return our global population *humanely* back to a sustainable level... before it is too late...

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EDUCATION AND RAISED AWARENESS ARE IMPORTANT...
EDUCATION AND RAISED AWARENESS, IN FACT, ARE VITAL...
AND SO IS TAKING ACTION TO CHANGE OUR HUMAN CULTURES, WHEN NECESSARY...

And it's been necessary in the developed world for at least the past six decades...
(and it still is necessary in the developed world)... NOW, though, it absolutely and unequivocally is necessary everywhere else in the world, too... including, most definitely, anywhere that simpler, sustainable ways of living ever have been or currently are in the process of being partially or entirely discarded to follow the misguided, unsustainable, and unwise ways of certain other parts of the world... ways that have to be significantly curbed in those certain other misguidedly emulated parts of the world, too...

So far, though, almost nobody has become serious enough about this issue...

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Referencing the last line in this short article, beneath the graph on that page: www.ScienceMag.org/news/201... [2017/07/best-way-reduce-your-carbon-footprint-
one-government-isn-t-telling-you-about]... it's a mistake to ignore the problem on the assumption that we can't make "extreme" changes in our lives...

I'll give you an example... I was like many of you, in that I couldn't imagine why any human being would want to become entirely or almost entirely vegan, or how they could manage to maintain that lifestyle... and, yet, in the latter part of 2011, after becoming educated about optimal human nutrition (and about "factory farms" and cruelties on even smaller farms, too; and about other considerations, as well), I completely changed my dietary lifestyle... it took only two months for my palate to change--(for those unfamiliar with that term, see definition "2b" here: www.Merriam-Webster.com/dic... [dictionary/palate])--and, therefore, for my food preferences to change, and I've noticed quite a lot of health benefits, and I've never ever wanted to go back...

And the same would be true of some other so-called "extreme" changes, as well... which,
a little ways into them (and forever thereafter), probably wouldn't actually seem all that "extreme" at all... and most people probably would find that they genuinely would prefer (for example) a less-crowded, less-toxic world... and a simpler, more-mindful life...

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For those who genuinely want to raise more than just one or two children,
there already are *many* children here on this Earth who need adoptive parents...

And for those who really just want the feeling of holding a baby... or who don't have reliable enough health or other necessary resources, or who just don't actually really *want* to raise a child... there's this lifelike "baby" alternative: bettyjcoffman.com/whats-the... [-differencesilicone-vs-soft-vinyl-babies/]... also see: abcnews.go.com/2020/story?i... [id=6517455&page=1] and: www.theguardian.com/lifeand... [style/2020/feb/26/
reborn-doll-baby-lifelike...]

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Consider, too, that the fact that we (humanity) failed to make necessary cultural changes several decades ago, including, among other necessary changes, to our reproductive tendencies--(despite that it already was known back then where we were headed if we didn't) (see Martin Luther King, Jr.'s quote about it, here: www.worldpopulationbalance.... [org/quotes])--we already have begun to experience more frequent and more severe weather events of various kinds, in recent years... and that is only going to keep getting worse, for a while... or would stay about the same, for a while... depending on what we do and don't do... before things eventually would get better...

See the following from SkepticalScience.com... "Getting Skeptical About
Global-Warming Skepticism": SkepticalScience.com/global... [global-warming-
not-reversible-but-stoppable.html]...

So, unfortunately, we cannot *reverse* global warming or the consequences that
that brings... which will continue to escalate and be felt for a while...

BUT... we CAN and we MUST *stop* the process... in order to halt the out-of-control, human-activity-caused global warming from continuing to get worse, forever... (or, well, until sometime after our species causes itself to go the way we've been causing so many other species to go, which is extinct)... so, we MUST *stop* the process...

This only can be done, though, if we WAKE UP and get very serious about this NOW...
because we already are very late...

It's folly to think that technology is going to save us before it's too late, because it won't... it will help, somewhat, but it alone won't save us before it's too late... (you'll learn why,
in another section below)...

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Consider, also, that even if every human always, or at least often, were to do most of what's on the graph shown here: www.ScienceMag.org/news/201... [2017/07/best-way-
reduce-your-carbon-footprint-one-government-isn-t-telling-you-about]...
in other words, live car-free or at least switch to an all-electric vehicle, skip or at least significantly reduce flying, follow a whole-food/plant-based (W.F.P.B.) dietary lifestyle, wash laundry in cold water and hang clothes outside to dry, recycle boxes and cans and bottles and everything else that's possible to recycle, and replace all of our incandescent light-bulbs with L.E.D. light-bulbs... if we all do all of these things, and more, all of the time, or most of the time, without significantly reducing the number of new humans being born each year... then, that means we still would have an unhealthy planet incapable of sustaining us and the remainder of the other species we haven't yet killed off... BECAUSE THE FACT IS THAT WE STILL WOULD BE DOUBLING OUR POPULATION ABOUT EVERY 1-1½ DECADES OR SO... as has been the case since about 1975... and, remember, it took hundreds-of-thousands of years to increase to 1 billion human beings on the planet (around 1800)... but, then, it took only 130 years(!) to increase our population to 2 billion (around 1930)... and, then, only 30 years(!!) to increase to 3 billion (around 1960)... and, then, only 15 years(!!!) to increase to 4 billion (around 1975)...
and so on... see: courses.LumenLearning.com/S...
[SUNY-biology2xmaster/chapter/human-population-growth/]***
***(please scroll down to see the second graph on that page)...

IMPORTANT: As you'll see on that graph, too, we've almost steadied (and sometimes even have slowed) our human-population increase since 1975... *but* only somewhat, and
still at far too high a level, not nearly enough to bring about a humane and significant reduction in our numbers and, therefore, not nearly enough to be able to stabilize our population at a sustainable level of 3 billion (or fewer) of us, anytime soon, if ever...

However, don't lose hope... keep reading... especially "THE HUMANE ALTERNATIVE" below... but everything along the way is important to learn, too...

It IS possible humanely to get where we need to be (and relatively quickly, too)...

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But, to do so, as I've said, we would have to get much more serious about it... and soon...
because continuing as is, or only relatively slightly better than the current status quo,
the overconsumption of the planet's resources, solely from the sheer increase in our numbers (still increasing way too fast), would continue to outweigh (as it does now)
our other efforts to reverse our negative impacts on the planet...

For example, as "BiologicalDiversity.org" tells us, the city of Portland, Oregon,
(in the U.S.A.), reduced its per-capita carbon footprint by 5% between 2000 and 2005; however, they increased their population by 8% during those same years... so,
that means that their overall carbon footprint *increased* during that period of time... see: www.BiologicalDiversity.org... [/programs/population_and_sustainability/climate/]...

Think about not just everyday activities (such as driving fossil-fueled vehicles, etc.) contributing toward using up finite planetary resources and polluting the environment... but also think about, for example, all of the necessary (and unnecessary!) products that most human beings use on a regular basis... and consider that more of those products have gotten manufactured to supply to those too-many new human beings, as our population has continued and continues to grow exponentially (www.worldometers.info/)...

And think about the depletion of even more planetary resources to make those products... and the increased pollution that those production processes have caused...

Also think about the massive amounts of trash waste being produced by all of the
too-many new human beings...

And think, too, for example, about the habitats of other animals taken away to make room for some of the too-many new humans, as they reach legal adulthood and move out and into their own homes (according to American culture, not written in stone, but not yet changed much, either), instead of remaining in their parents' home or opting for some other shared-residence option that wouldn't require more apartment buildings and houses and roads, etc., to be built, at the high cost to the planet and to most of life on it of destroying the habitats of other living beings... and, ultimately--as the process continues to repeat, exponentially--causing ecosystems to collapse...

If you get to watch the "Priceless" episode from "Season 2" of "The Years of Living Dangerously" (from "The Years Project"), referenced below, there's a segment in that episode that took place in Kenya, about the fact that rapid climate change--(currently caused mainly by human activity)--leads to more severe drought... which, in turn leads
to the decimation of the populations of elephants and other large animals... which,
in turn, leads to overgrowth of vegetation... which, in turn, leads to a proliferation of rodents... which, in turn, leads to transmission of viral and bacterial diseases (primarily from the mites and fleas that the rodents carry), as humans and rodents come into
more contact with one another... just one of many examples of what happens when
we cause nature to get so out of balance...

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Continuing to grow the global human population, exponentially, without thinking about what the many negative impacts have been... and would continue to be... even worse than in the past... due to our sheer numbers... is not wise...

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"A Diversity of Wildlife Is Good for Our Health, Says New Paper Led by
Bard [College] Biology Professor, Felicia Keesing": www.bard.edu/news/a-diversi...
[a-diversity-of-wildlife-is-good-for-our-health-says-paper-led-by-biology-professor-Felicia-Keesing-2021-04-05]

"Biodiversity Loss: What Is Causing It and Why It Is a Concern": www.EuroParl.europa.eu/news... [/en/headlines/society/20200109STO69929/
biodiversity-loss-what-is-causing-it-and-why-is-it-a-concern]...

Also see: "Humans Take Up Too Much Space":
www.ScienceDaily.com/releas... [releases/2018/01/180125140916.htm]
and: "World Without Bees": www.YouTube.com/watch?v=7X1... [xIIyZw3M]
(posted on YouTube by "The History Channel")

And there now apparently is more of our "stuff" on the planet
than there is natural biomass! SciWorthy.com/more-human-st...
[more-human-stuff-than-all-living-biomass/]

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And, yet, there still are some woefully ignorant people, some of whom apparently also don't seem to have the brainpower to comprehend even basic scientific facts... (I say that with sadness, not with condescension)... or who, worse, *aren't* stupid but who choose very shortsightedly and willfully to downplay or deny the facts... remember, the root of all evil is the love of money, meaning greed: www.YouTube.com/watch?v=f1r... [xv1yPQrc]
(posted on YouTube by "CNBC")

All would do well to remember...
"There Are No Jobs On A Dead Planet":
www.GreenEconomyCoalition.o...
[org/news-and-resources/there-are-no-jobs-dead-planet]

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The difference between WEATHER and CLIMATE...
www.NASA.gov/mission_pages/... [noaa-n/climate/climate_weather.html]

CLIMATE MYTHS versus CLIMATE FACTS...
from SkepticalScience.com... "Getting Skeptical About Global-Warming Skepticism":
SkepticalScience.com/argume... [argument.php]

Another misconception cleared up, and a warning,
from a leading climate scientist with "The Years Project"... (3min, 2sec)...
As with all of the videos I've referenced, please listen to it all and please
pay close attention to it all: "Is Climate Change Going To Kill Us All In 10 Years?"...
(3 min, 2 sec)... No, but it also doesn't mean that we can just continue doing
too little to address this issue: www.YouTube.com/watch?v=E29... [p9pBbxpk]
(And when she says we're not all going to die in 10 years, she doesn't mean that the human species can't cause itself to go extinct, because we very likely *are* causing that to happen, IF we stay on the dangerous trajectory we're currently on, if we fail to make the significant changes that we need to make, NOW, to change the trajectory that we're on... we must not give up.)

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"The Years Project"... Committed to the Truth about Climate Change: www.YouTube.com/user/Years ...(TheYearsProject.com/about/)

"The Years Project" / "Years of Living Dangerously":
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Years... [_of_Living_Dangerously]
Season 1: "Years of Living Dangerously" - Full Episodes:
www.youtube.com/channel/UCp... [B8sbYuefrX6bblUFUM1hQ]
Season 2: "Years of Living Dangerously" - Trailer:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmG... [bUuoc-_A]
Season 2: "Years of Living Dangerously" - Full Episodes:
www.amazon.com/Years-Living... [-Dangerously-Season-2/dp/B01M311WUZ]
Season 2: "Years of Living Dangerously" - Full Episodes - another option:
www.amazon.com/Years-Living... [-Dangerously...]
(It's disappointing that ALL of the important episodes from both "Season 1" and
"Season 2" aren't available on YouTube to watch for free... at a time like this,
making as much money as possible from "Season 2" should be taking a back seat
to widely educating the human population... just my opinion)...

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Also see: www.YouTube.com/watch?v=eB2... [O8Hfq4ug]
(posted on YouTube by journalist Regan Parenton, and please just forgive
that he mispronounced "oligarchs" and that he isn't as articulate in this video
as, for example, Greta Thunberg is in most of hers... but, still, his message is
important, and he clearly is a caring person, too)...

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Very understandably, Greta Thunberg is quite upset:
www.YouTube.com/watch?v=2m6... [4ou1DIYI]
(posted on YouTube by "U.N. D.E.S.A. D.I.S.D.":
www.YouTube.com/c/undesadsp... [d/about])...
(The Division for Inclusive Social Development [D.I.S.D.]
of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs [D.E.S.A.]
of the United Nations [U.N.])

She's emotional because she CARES:
www.MSN.com/en-us/news/poli...
(It's ironic that some people, even some so-called "experts",
think that all Aspies are cold and emotionless, but that's just
another example of ignorance... many Aspies are some of the
deepest, most-emotional, and most-caring people you ever will meet.)

(Re: "...that's just another example of ignorance...," I say that just as a statement of fact, not with condescension... to quote Will Rogers, "Everyone is ignorant, only on different subjects." And I would add that even within any given subject area, we all are ignorant of some facets of that subject, as no-one can possibly know everything about anything... ignorance isn't the same thing as stupidity and it isn't even usually caused by stupidity... and stupidity isn't necessarily always the same thing as a lack of wisdom... the latter two phenomena sometimes can have the same cause, but usually they don't have the same cause... and ignorance also can have different causes... in any event, of course,
the only cure for ignorance about anything is ongoing education...
whether formally or informally, we all are lifelong learners)...

Who is Greta Thunberg, you may ask?
This is she: Greta Thunberg: www.Biography.com/activist/... [greta-thunberg]
Also: "I AM GRETA": Trailer: www.IMDB.com/title/tt103947... [38/?ref_=vp_vi_tt_p]

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It's Time To Wake Up:
www.YouTube.com/watch?v=0Zs... [Htpk0XII]
(Greta Thunberg speaking in Washington, D.C.)
(short video clip posted on YouTube by "The Years Project")

About The Planetary Crisis:
www.YouTube.com/watch?v=fRF... [Y4ss2W2A]
(posted on YouTube by "WildScreen Festival":
Sir David Attenborough and Greta Thunberg)

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"Unlike plagues of the dark ages or contemporary diseases we do not understand,
the modern plague of overpopulation is soluble by means we have discovered
and with resources we possess. What is lacking is not sufficient knowledge of the solution, but universal consciousness of the gravity of the problem and education
of the billions who are its victim." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Using his burgeoning intelligence, this most successful of all mammals
has exploited the environment to produce food for an ever-increasing population. Instead of controlling the environment for the benefit of the population, perhaps
it's time we controlled the population to allow the survival of the environment...
The truth is: the natural world is changing. And we are totally dependent on that world.
It provides our food, water, and air. It is the most precious thing we have, and we need
to defend it." -Sir David Attenborough

"A substantially new way of thinking will be required if mankind is to survive."
-Albert Einstein

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Toward a green economy:
www.GreenEconomyCoalition.o... [org/our-purpose]

"The laws of physics won't change, so the rules of economics must."
-Oliver Greenfield, Convenor of the Green Economy Coalition:
www.GreenEconomyCoalition.o... [org/themes/the-big-picture]

At the following link is a good presentation by LinkTV that's just one example of one of the many things that have to change. The presentation teaches the building industry
(and owners of houses and other buildings) about something that should have been different from the beginning and that absolutely still needs to change (much more than it's changed thus far)... it not only would prevent wasting lots of building materials (having to repair and replace, over and over and over again, after major storms), but
it also would make much better economic sense than the way things have been done,
so far: www.LinkTV.org/shows/built-... [built-to-last/episodes/built-to-last]

And have you heard of this? In some ways, it may not be environmentally friendlier than other batteries, but at least it won't explode or catch fire: www.ScienceFriday.com/artic... [articles/the-plastic-battery-that-doesnt-explode/]. There's some more information about batteries here: www.Wired.com/2017/03/dont-... and here: www.Small-Cabin.com/forum/7... [_8260_0.html]

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Always remember that while overconsumption of resources by human beings is the main cause of most of the problems on the planet, human overpopulation is the main cause of overconsumption. Think about that.

We all absolutely have to make many of the smaller efforts in our daily lives
(to recycle, etc.), too, to reduce our direct and indirect carbon footprints (and our
other destructive impacts on the planet, and on other lifeforms, and ultimately on
ourselves, as well), because lots of little efforts added together add up to big impacts...

We don't have to be perfect about it, nor can we be...
But we do need lots more of those smaller positive efforts to be made every day...

It's just that we ALSO need to make sure that we're ALSO doing what has THE biggest positive impact (by far)... which is to produce significantly fewer new human beings...

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Despite that it's true that human-population growth in some regions of the world has slowed somewhat, it's equally true that it hasn't slowed enough throughout the world...
it has to significantly slow everywhere in the world... because overall human-population growth is still occurring exponentially... and because the existing human population almost everywhere is consuming more than ever before... not just because there have been shifts occurring in many "less-developed" countries toward emulating the very negative/bad habits of the "more-developed" countries (where we, ourselves, still have to significantly reduce our own overconsumption, too... which we all have to do, starting now)... but also because of such a high number of births relative to the much lower number of deaths (even during a pandemic)...

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The following webpage is for children, but adults can learn something important there, too: wonderopolis.org/wonder/How... [How-Is-the-Human-Body-Like-Planet-Earth]?

Think about it the other way around, too... how Planet Earth is like the body of a human being or like the body of any other complex living being that's made up of thousands
(or many more) other organisms, as we are... and then consider what happens when there's a serious imbalance in the system... serious illness results... Planet Earth
currently has a metastatic disease and, sad to say, it's called "advanced-stage humans"...

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In fact, our invasion of other species' habitats--(which, btw, is one of the causes of pandemics: www.CBSnews.com/news/corona... [coronavirus-environment-pandemic-infectious-diseases/])--as our own population has increased and spread to more and more of the Earth's surfaces (which can be thought of as the "tissues" of the planet)
is comparable to what cancer cells do to the tissues of the body when a human person experiences a metastasizing malignancy... beyond a sustainable population of about
3 billion (or fewer) human beings, we unfortunately are very much like a cancer
on the planet... it's not a pleasant thought, but it's unfortunately the truth... www.YouTube.com/watch?v=C0R... [6EvtGnoE]**** / ...
(posted on YouTube by Robert Wilson)
also see: www.YouTube.com/watch?v=ByR... [far4NFi4]*****
(posted on YouTube by Jeremy Black)

****Forgive that the young man in that video didn't yet know how to pronounce "metastasis"... in the other video linked above, though, made by someone else, it's pronounced correctly... (btw, referencing something that you'll see there on that page, voluntary human extinction is *not* something that I advocate)...
*****(also, a few of the comments and replies to a few also were uncalled for and
are not representative of what I think)... but what very obviously IS necessary is that
we do have to slow down our rate of reproduction and then stabilize it at a sustainable level (around 3 billion human beings, or fewer)... and that IS possible to do... if we start now... before it's too late...

And www.WorldPopulationBalance.... teaches us how...

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Btw, it's important to realize the following:

Although technology can help us, somewhat:
www.YouTube.com/watch?v=wbR... [-5mHI6bo]...
(posted on YouTube by "Kurzgesagt - In a Nutshell")

Technology unfortunately ISN'T likely to save us soon enough:
www.WorldPopulationBalance.... [org/technological-progress...]

The reason, most importantly, is because it just doesn't solve
the serious problem and consequences (for us, too) of continued
destruction of ecosystems as we continue to encroach on others' habitats,
if we continue to allow the human population to continue to increase
exponentially...

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The "Kurzgesagt" video makes very good points, but if we actually allow the human population to increase to 11 billion over the next few decades, rather than make a conscious effort to slow the increase so that it never reaches anywhere near that level, and so that it instead humanely reduces back down to a sustainable level of 3 billion or fewer (which we needed to have happen "yesterday" and, therefore, which we now need to have happen a.s.a.p.), then we're likely to endure quite a lot more inhumane consequences of not choosing to be much smarter about the top problem on the planet... so, we MUST make the efforts to change our reproductive cultures... NOW...

We CAN do this: www.WorldPopulationBalance.... [org/story/overpopulation-solvable]

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CONSEQUENCES OF NOT HUMANELY SLOWING, AND THEN STABILIZING,
HUMAN-POPULATION GROWTH, SOONER RATHER THAN LATER:

There are many INHUMANE consequences of human overpopulation that very likely would increase further if we were to continue along in ignorance or denial or apathy... more and more wars and other types of violence... worse and more frequent droughts... worse famines... worse and more frequent wildfires... stronger and more frequent hurricanes and tornadoes... pandemics that could be even much worse than the one we've been experiencing recently... and other negative consequences, as well...

THE HUMANE ALTERNATIVE:

The only HUMANE way to solve the human-overpopulation problem is this:
Everyone consciously, intelligently, and wisely choosing whether or not
to reproduce at all... and, if so, choosing not to create any more than just
one new human being in one's own lifetime: OnePlanetOneChild.org/

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According to "WorldPopulationBalance.org", a one-child average, starting now,
would reduce the human population down to about 6 billion human beings in
less than 50 years' time (by 2070), and we would be below 4 billion human beings
in less than 80 years' time (by 2100)... see: www.WorldPopulationBalance.... [org/story/overpopulation-solvable]... instead of climbing to about 11 billion
by that time... (which would happen if we fail to do what really needs to be done
about our rate of reproduction, despite that that rate already has slowed somewhat,
but not yet enough)... see: www.worldometers.info/world... [-population/world-population-projections/]...

Globally, we need a voluntary one-child average... supported by governmental and societal policies to make it possible for everyone to make that choice... either to produce no children, to produce only one child, or to produce only two children (at the most),
per human lifetime... which is much less expensive, in every way, than *not* making this choice...

From 2100, if we had opted for a one-child average from now and up to that time, then we still would need to continue a one-child average for a little while longer, in order to get the human population back down to a sustainable level of 3 billion human beings...

Or we could achieve that sustainable level of 3 billion human beings even faster
if everyone were to choose to produce either zero children or only one child...
because a one-child *average* implies that while some would be producing zero children, and some would be producing only one child, some others still would be producing two children...

Anyway, and then, once that sustainable level is reached, probably we could move to
a voluntary policy of nobody producing any more than two children (rather than the previous one-child voluntary maximum), so that the human population wouldn't continue reducing and instead would stabilize at or near the sustainable level reached
of about 3 billion human beings...

That's a level I remember, having lived in the 1960s (and we still were under 4 billion
by 1970; at that time, we had approximately only half the number of human beings on the planet that we currently have right now)... at that time, there was a lot more nature; fewer planes in the air; fewer roads and fewer buses, cars, motorcycles, RVs, and trucks on those roads; quite a lot fewer housing subdivisions; less traffic congestion on the streets in the suburbs and sometimes on some of the highways, too, even sometimes during our summer-vacation and winter-holiday roadtrips, despite that roads were
less numerous back then and even though some of the roads had fewer lanes than many of the roads have now; and there was much cleaner water (during hiking and camping trips in the Adirondack Mountains, for example, we used to be able to drink it straight from then-crystal-clear streams and never got sick from doing so); and we also enjoyed many other benefits of having far fewer human beings on the planet...

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Even before a sustainable level of about 3 billion (or fewer) human beings is
returned to, we already would begin to experience some of the positive effects
of a smaller human population, on our way back down to that number...

And our other efforts--(apart from reproducing a lot less)--although those other efforts wouldn't solve nearly as much as significantly reducing the number of new human beings being born into the world would, those other efforts still most definitely could and would
bring about some noticeably positive changes, too...

Those of you with pulmonary issues (I am one, and have been ever since the age of one), don't you remember how very much easier it was to breathe (both outside and inside) during the covid-19 lockdowns when there were far fewer planes being flown in the skies and far fewer vehicles being driven on the roads every day? I certainly do... and for that and other reasons, I very much wish that nearly everyone (who could) would permanently work from home... www.CNN.com/2021/03/16/heal... [health/
world-air-quality-report-intl-hnk-scn/index.html]

A SIDE NOTE...
It's very encouraging that some things (such as air quality) can significantly improve
so quickly... (although, it's depressing that some things, such as air quallity, also can significantly deteriorate again very quickly, too)...
AND AN IMPORTANT POINT...
But, even if everyone (who can) were to work from home indefinitely, and even if technology would help us in other ways, too, that still wouldn't solve other serious problems caused by our still exponentially increasing human population, such as one of *the* most serious problems, which is our taking up too much space on the planet as we continue to encroach on others' habitats, leaving far too little space for other species, great and small... which has many negative consequences, from increased pandemics
to mass extinction of species (which, in fact, and as previously mentioned above, already is happening: www.TheGuardian.com/environ... [environment/2017/jul/10/earths-sixth-mass-extinction-event-already-underway-scientists-warn])

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So, in addition to everything else we can do to create a sustainable and
much healthier world, significantly slowing and then stabilizing the
total number of new human beings being brought into this world is
THE most beneficial thing we can do...

Preventing too many pregnancies has to be Priority #1...

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Also, did you know that at least 40% of all pregnancies worldwide are unintended? www.Guttmacher.org/news-rel... [news-release/2014/new-study-finds-40-pregnancies-worldwide-are-unintended#] Also see: news.BBC.co.uk/2/hi/health/... [3515400.stm]...

Therefore, it's obviously necessary to make sure to choose the very best forms of contraception available, which are implants or, even better, tubal ligation for the woman and vasectomy for the man, at the time of the birth of the first child, if not before...

So, there's just no question that governments absolutely should be making
the most-effective forms of contraception available to all... (up to and including
tubal ligations and vasectomies)... that's far less expensive than the many high
economic and other costs of *not* doing so.

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Again, remember this: www.WorldPopulationBalance.... [org/understanding-exponential-growth]... to help you to realize how our situation here on this planet very quickly
would turn utterly catastrophic, sooner than we imagine, if EVERYONE who hasn't already begun taking the necessary (and humane) steps to solve this problem
doesn't begin to do so... NOW.

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For anyone who believes that growth always is "necessary" or "good":
please see: www.ConversationEarth.org/e... [economic-heresy/]...
(in particular: minute 7:45 to minute 8:45, and minute 13:14 to minute 14:44,
or scroll down on that page to read the first and second quotes printed there)

And here's a good interview... please be patient while their page loads:
"Why De-Growth?": WayBack.Archive-It.org/9650... [/20200402152428/http://
p3-raw.GreenPeace.org/international/en/news/Blogs/makingwaves/
deep-green-why-de-growth-an-interview/blog/35467/]

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We have dragged our collective feet on getting serious about this...
(most of humanity has)... for at least the past six or seven decades...
(we've been talking about this for at least that long)...

However, humanity cannot afford to drag its feet about this any longer...
we have to use what little time is left to solve the top problem on the planet...
human overpopulation: www.WorldPopulationBalance....
[org/story/overpopulation-solvable]

There's still some time, but only if we get serious NOW...
and, remember, this is why it's so important not to give up:
www.YouTube.com/watch?v=E29... [p9pBbxpk]
(posted on YouTube by "The Years Project")

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One-Child Families:
OnePlanetOneChild.org/wp-co...
[content/uploads/...] ("We Chose One!")
OnePlanetOneChild.org/wp-co...
[content/uploads...] ("Thank You...")

What's Great About Having Only One Child:
www.MommyNearest.com/articl...
A Lot of Positive Feedback From The Only Child's Perspective, Too:
www.PsychologyToday.com/us/...
[/blog/singletons/201910/growing-without-siblings-adult-only-children-speak-out]

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No-Child Families:
OnePlanetOneChild.org/wp-co...
[content/uploads...] ("We Chose Child-Free!)

And, yes, a Couple with zero children IS a Family:
www.BetterHelp.com/advice/f... [family/there-are-6-different-
family-types-and-each-one-has-a-unique-family-dynamic/]

Most Never Regret Their Child-Free Choice:
OnePlanetOneChild.org/The-C... [The-ChildFree-Choice/]

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SUSTAINABLE-POPULATION PLEDGE:
www.WorldPopulationBalance.... [org/content/sustainable-population-pledge]******

******Please scroll down on that page to read all of the comments...
Those are the comments of pledge-signers who have given permission
for their comments to be published... not everyone gives permission...
so, I imagine that that's only a small percentage of all of the comments
that "WorldPopulationBalance.org" probably has received and probably
continues to receive... as more and more people become aware of the
human-overpopulation crisis on the planet... and what that means.

Here's also a reference to it, as well as a very tiny version of it,
without the comments, in a newsletter in their archives,
which you can see here: www.WorldPopulationBalance.... [org/wpb_newsletters/wpb_newsletter_2014spring.pdf]...

And their other archived newsletters can be found here:
www.WorldPopulationBalance.... [org/newsletters].

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A REALISTIC AND ATTAINABLE VISION:
www.WorldPopulationBalance.... [org/our-vision-solve-overpopulation]
www.WorldPopulationBalance.... [org/...focus-solving-overpopulation]

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MORE RESOURCES:
www.worldpopulationbalance.... [org/links_and_reading]

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WINDOW STICKERS:
"Child-Free", "Stopped At Zero", "Stopped At One", and "Stopped At Two":
www.GrowthBusters.org/produ... [product-category/window-stickers/]

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PEACE... LOVE... and Always Remember: HIGHLY EFFECTIVE CONTRACEPTION! :-)

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A favorite film & a favorite book, about the cure for
"the mental illness of greed & overconsumption" called "Wetico"
www.TheOdysseyOnline.com/we... [wetico-the-mental-illness...]:

"I AM":
About: www.IAmTheDoc.com/thefilm/
Author/Screenwriter/Filmmaker: www.IMDB.com/name/nm0001723/
Preview: www.Gaia.com/video/i-am?ful... [fullplayer=preview]
Full-Length: www.Gaia.com/video/i-am
"Gaia" definition: www.Merriam-Webster.com/dic... [dictionary/Gaia]

LIFE'S OPERATING MANUAL, WITH THE FEAR AND TRUTH DIALOGUES:
www.Amazon.com/Lifes-Operat... [Lifes-Operating-Manual-Tom-Shadyac-ebook/dp/B00BLSZJS8]
Author, Tom Shadyac: www.HealYourLife.com/a-new-... [a-new-outlook...]

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Also see:
"RACING EXTINCTION":
Trailer: RacingExtinction.com/film/
Education: RacingExtinction.com/educat... [education/]
Action: RacingExtinction.com/ongoin...
[ongoing_actions/protect-the-endangered-species-act/]

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And, again:
"MAN VS. EARTH"... a.k.a. "THREE SECONDS":
www.YouTube.com/watch?v=B-n... [EYsyRlYo]* (see above)
Filmmaker/Speaker/Creator: PrinceEa.com/about/

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Some further reading & viewing, too:

Our presence in numbers far too high on this planet has many consequences
that we haven't realized until recently... here's one effect that although it can occur naturally, too, it also apparently can be (and apparently has been) triggered by human activities: www.jpl.NASA.gov/news/nasa-... [-study-solves-two-mysteries-about-wobbling-earth]... and although it's not mentioned in the summary of "EPISODE 8"
("Did Aliens Nuke Mars?") of the "NASA's Unexplained Files" programs at the following link, you'll see in that episode, if you watch it, that there's a segment in it about the fact that there now has been too much concrete that's been poured in a critical part of the world and the effect that that is having on the planet: www.Amazon.com/Aliens-vs-St...
[Aliens-vs-Stalin-Area-51/dp/B07QLNNXYF/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1
&keywords=Nasa%27s+Unexplained+Files&qid=1606794567&sr=8-1]

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And, since you may notice that I tend to post mostly just
in the afternoon or in the evening or late at night and into
the wee hours of the morning...

On the following pages, you can learn about the immutability of chronotypes...
and about us Night Owls...

"Life's Extremes: Early Birds vs. Night Owls":
www.LiveScience.com/16334-n... [night-owls-early-birds-sleep-cycles.html]

"The Brains of Early Birds and Night Owls":
www.Newsweek.com/brains-ear... [brains-early-birds-and-night-owls-221768]

"Chronotypes: Are You an Early Bird or a Night Owl?":
www.MarksDailyApple.com/chr... [chronotypes-are-you-an-early-bird-or-a-night-owl/]

"Don't Worry, Night Owls, Here Are The Flaws In That Study About Dying Earlier":
www.Forbes.com/sites/brucel... [brucelee/2018/04/21/dont-worry-night-owls-
here-are-flaws-of-that-dying-earlier-study/?sh=54a41a723a79]...
especially see "Limitation 8" :-)

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Edited: Wednesday, 2021-06-23 @ 2:24 A.M., E.D.T.

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PEACE.