I don't know if there is enough time for us to learn how to halt and hopefully reverse our 'slide into the abyss'. Some aspects of the dangers ahead may be seen if we contemplate the following very disturbing facts of (quite recent Indian) history:
When India won independence from the British Empire, we had:
- -- a human population of about 300 million (somewhat less than what the USA has today); - -- about 40% of our land under (thick) forest cover; - -- over 40,000 tigers in the wild.
Today, we have:
- -- a human population of well over 1,200 million (and counting); - -- less than 10% of our land under (degraded) forest cover; - -- less than 1500 tigers in the wild.
The implications of the above are very disturbing indeed to anyone who cares to think about them. What will happen when we have:
- -- more than 1.5 billion, 1.7 billion, 2 billion human population in India (and 10 billion/ 15 billion/ 20 billion humans worldwide)? - -- less than 5%, 2%, 1% forest cover? When the Amazon has been entirely denuded? - -- less than 1000, 500, 100 tigers in the wild?
- -- Insufficient drinking water even for our human population? What will happen to the animals? To the plants and the trees?
Can the process contained in the above cold statistics be reversed?
Well, first we need to become 'globally aware' of those facts and what they imply for our future. In view of the fact that even Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" seems to have failed to influence our behavior, our future seems very dire indeed.
Al Bartlett had perceived the terrible underlying truth.
But the issue is, How to make people conscious of these 'inconvenient truths' - in time to ensure real change in our 'global behaviour'?
Is it possible to prevent ourselves from creating conditions that will force us one day to rush over that unimaginable abyss like the lemmings we so seem to resemble?