With very simple math, facts and logic that everyone can understand the book explains why all of the problems presently facing humanity cannot be solved without reducing population growth to zero and if humanity fails to reduce population growth our civilization will collapse in the very near future, probably before the year 2100, with the horrible deaths of billions. Almost every economic problem facing humanity, (lack of jobs, the economic depression in the USA, the financial collapse in Europe), is caused by the exploding population and the fact that the resources of the Earth are finite. The book explains that both the economy and population grow in a compound manner and that compound growth is the most powerful force in the universe. Both population and economic growth will cease and no action taken by humanity will permit continued economic or population growth on the finite Earth. The book explains why recycling, new technologies, environmentalism, or any other action will not prevent the destruction of civilization and the deaths of billions unless population growth is reduced to zero today. The book explains and discusses the three ways population growth will be reduced to zero-1) By war, with or without weapons of mass destruction, rape, murder, starvation, disease and other horrors after humanity has exceeded the carrying capacity of the Earth (and the carrying capacity must be a finite number and in all probability humanity has already exceeded that number or will exceed it in the very near future as that number will decrease as humanity uses up the finite resources of the Earth); 2) By the voluntary action of all of humanity; and 3) By coercion. The book points out that humanity has used the most accessible resources and that in the future all resources which we need for our civilization to function will be more difficult to obtain and much more expensive. The best estimate is about half the people on the planet live on less than $2.00 per day and massive starvation will happen when food prices continue to increase, as they mustl-no action taken by humanity will prevent that increase.
Unless action is taken immediately, the population of the USA is expected to increase from the current 306 to over 430 million and the population of the planet is espected to go from 7 to over 9.4 billion by 2050. The best estimate is that population will reach over 10 billion by 2100, though it could reach over 15 billion. The Earth will not be able to support humanity at any of those numbers with the increase in per capita usage of resources caused by the exploding economies of China, India and the other nations of the world. China purchased more cars than any nation in the years 2010 and 2011 and that is expected to continue into the future and China is expected to require more oil by the year 2030 than the entire world produces today. The book explains in greater detail all of the above plus many other important facts so that you will understand the future of our species It must be understood that no solution will be easy and that there will be much suffering and that every aspect of society will require change. While each person may propose a solution to the problems facing humanity, the solution presented by the author is probably the one which will cause the least amount of harm to humanity.
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Published May 1, 2012
by Jason G. Brent.
Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences.