And Population Connection - America's Voice for Population Stabilization
Powering The Future part 3: Striking a Balance HD
Also may be of assistance to watch a couple of the episodes of a series we worked on called: "Powering the Future".Powering The Future part 3: Striking a Balance HD
Powering The Future - The Energy Revolution
Best of luck on all your endeavors!
One issue with human population growth is that homo sapiens are also a social-cultural species. Human culture is transmitted via narratives and social interactions, and this shapes much of human individual and collective behavior. So imagine you have a dominant narrative that shapes human societies---homo economicus-which encourages ever-increasing frivolous (non-essential) consumption, and competition to increase status via frivolous material wealth (hyper-wealth). In combination with increased reproduction rates (which may also tend to increase in conflictive and excessively harsh, competitive environments), and complete disregard for the long-term sustainability of natural resources and ecosystem services, this is especially devastating.
Imagine, however, if environmental education and cultural education were successful in transforming the dominant social narratives into one that encourages simple, sustainable living, sufficient (only essential) consumption, and cooperative behaviors (think activation of the human egalitarian/altruistic/cooperative gene that used sustainability measures to bestow social status. Assume that part of that new narrative was a radical belief and commitment to ecological restoration and protection, along with sustainable use of natural resources. And then also imagine that the new narrative (and corresponding beliefs, attitudes, identity, social norms, behaviors, and social institutions) were transmitted through social circles (new data does not change people; groups of persuasive people change people). When this New Human becomes the dominant cultural species, this one heals, shares, restores, renews, protects, and sustainably uses the earth's resources. There are already pockets of these groups of humans working together to do this all around the world. They are working at odds with the other dominant social narrative.
Ríobart É. (Rob) Breen, Ph.D.