Universal Eco-Symbol

All-Purpose Symbol for Environmental Awareness

Perspectives to Ponder

Human condition = Resources divided by Population [H = R / P]

  • Every Other Species Returns Itself and its By-products to the Biosphere
  • For 3 billion years, the waste and remains of all plant and animal species went to regenerate the Earth. Each new generation added diversity and complexity to the expanding biosphere.
  • Humans broke that cycle only within the past 10,000 years.
  • We learned how to avoid being prey.
  • We learned how kill animals twenty times bigger and stronger than we are and faster than they could repopulate.
  • We learned how to destroy and exhaust Earth's resources faster than they could be renewed.
  • We learned how to eat almost anything.
  • We learned how to adapt to new hostile surroundings when we overpopulated or trashed the old ones.
  • We learned how to cheat death and live longer.
  • We learned how to use chemicals to grow crops on land our ancestors despoiled.
  • We learned there is no challenge we can't overcome.
  • Just recently we learned that we humans have exceeded the carrying capacity of the planet and that unless we change our relationship to it we may be witness to and statistics in the next mass extinction.

What is the population of the world today?    
World and U.S.Population Clocks
Dozens of world statistics updated continuously to the second.

 "Democracy cannot survive overpopulation."
"In an interview in 1989, Bill Moyers asked Isaac Asimov:
"What happens to the idea of the dignity of the human species if this population growth continues at its present rate?

Asimov responded: "It will be completely destroyed. I like to use what I call my bathroom metaphor: if two people live in an apartment and there are two bathrooms, then both have freedom of the bathroom. You can go to the bathroom anytime you want to stay as long as you want for whatever you need. And everyone believes in freedom of the bathroom; it should be right there in the Constitution. But if you have twenty people in the apartment and two bathrooms, no matter how much every person believes in freedom of the bathroom, there is no such thing. You have to set up times for each person, you have to bang on the door, Arent you through yet? and so on."
Asimov concluded with the profound observation:
"In the same way, democracy cannot survive overpopulation. Human dignity cannot survive [overpopulation]. Convenience and decency cannot survive [overpopulation]. As you put more and more people onto the world, the value of life not only declines, it disappears. It doesnt matter if someone dies, the more people there are, the less one person matters.