Vail Daily letter: Not sustainable |

Vail Daily letter: Not sustainable

Within the next five years, it is estimated that 3 to 5 billion more people will be added to the Internet; and the corporations making this assertion (Facebook, Google, Amazon) claim that this will produce a dramatic and positive economic outlook for the world’s economy. I strongly disagree.

There are over 7 billion human beings alive today and counting, however it has been estimated that if everyone were to have a decent standard of living comparable to that enjoyed by those in Western Europe, given available resources the Earth would be able to sustain a population of no more than 3 to 4 billion.

The vast majority of people that technology will be able to add to the Internet in this period will come from India, China and the developing nations; and once exposed to a broader world, it is a certainty that these people will want their share of all of the things that those of us living in the developed world already have.

Evidence is clear that today the Earth cannot adequately provide for the basic needs of approximately 3 billion souls who now live in abject poverty and squalor with no hope at all of a better life. Therefore the likely impact on an already reeling global environment resulting from the addition of 3 to 5 billion more consumers will be profoundly negative and unsustainable.

Mother Nature abhors imbalance, and it is certain that she has a number of effective tricks up her sleeve to deal with the threat to all life on Earth resulting from the over-population of human beings. However I would not like to be around when these measures are deployed as they will consist of famine, disease and warfare that will be widespread, indiscriminate and brutal.

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Peter Bergh


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