2011 is the second consecutive year of my participation in the annual Global Population Speak Out, which strives to increase awareness of how the size and growth of Earth’s human population are fundamental drivers of the ecological crisis our planet faces.
Sustainability has been a central interest of mine for my entire adult life. I wrote an award-winning masters thesis on the subject and have undertaken significant additional research on it and related subjects, from ecology and system dynamics to organizational development, psychology and more. All of this informs, both directly and indirectly, the work I’ve done over time as a writer, artist and businessperson.
With proper attention to sustainability, countless other pressing issues in the world would automatically be taken care of and rendered obsolete. Without the needed attention, those other issues are merely worsened — and may become obsolete only through the extinction of the human species. A solid understanding of population dynamics is crucial to the pursuit of sustainability — and therefore to the future of people on this planet.
As part of GPSO 2011, I am pledging to publicize, through updates to all my social networking accounts, the GPSO itself — Global Population Speak Out — as well as these past writings of mine on the subjects of population and sustainability:
Viewpoint on Food and Population — A brief piece written for the layperson
Population Ecology and People — A brief piece written for those with some familiarity with population ecology
The Unsustainability of Economic Growth — A longer academic piece, though it requires no previous knowledge
The Unsustainability and Origins of Socioeconomic Increase — My master thesis, an even longer academic piece, but it also requires no previous knowledge
Sustainability issues are not remotely as one-sided as many people make them out to be — it simply isn’t a matter of being progressive as opposed to conservative, left-wing as opposed to right-wing, tree-hugging instead of pro-business. As with most nuanced issues, though, it is all too easy for the status quo to be maintained even when people think they’re making headway.
In this world, far too many people are satisfied with the status quo. Regardless of what we may think of them or the status quo, the status quo is unsustainable, and that alone demands positive change instead of complacency.
Of those who understand the need for positive change, far too few understand the importance of ecological knowledge. Much of what they do in the name of positive change ends up going nowhere.
Of those who do understand the importance of ecological knowledge, far too few understand the importance of population issues in particular. Much of what they do in the name of ecological knowledge ends up going nowhere.
Of those who do understand the importance of population issues, far too few understand the actual mechanisms of population dynamics. Much of what they do in the name of population issues ends up going nowhere.
Of those who do understand the actual mechanisms of population dynamics, far too few are in a position to achieve any meaningful effect that could lead to positive change.
Please help get the word out.