When Poverty Prohibits Conservation

| 11/6/2008 4:01:52 PM

Garden Gate

We in the developed world consume far more than we need. We are fat, we drive big cars, we throw away whole households of valuable goods because we’re spoiled and we can afford to buy something new rather than preserving or repairing what we have. Our bad habits damage our environment.

But conservation is not going to save our habitat. Global warming, deforestation, desertification and pollution are all products of overpopulation. The poorest people don’t have the option of leaving the nearby forest standing, or keeping their goats off of an overgrazed pasture. For the world’s poorest people, every scrap of land is part of a thin barrier between life and death. They must use every resource available to keep themselves and their families alive. That’s the grim reality at the heart of human population growth. At some point we all end up there, struggling to sustain our lives regardless of the consequences for our community or our habitat.


hazel Watson_2
4/1/2009 6:16:06 PM

Pogo said it many years ago: "We have found the enemy and he is us." It has been restated many times since then, but I'm wondering who is listening???

3/30/2009 9:35:13 PM

I do not think over population is the issue. I have 11 children and we have less trash (more recycling), usually less electric use, less money on groceries, etc. than many of my neighbors who have 5 or less living in their household. Education and desire to be producers instead of consumers is the missing link.

3/30/2009 8:09:41 PM

I was just reading all this and thinking that poverty sure does encourage conservation. We are an older couple but have always tried to live in such a way that we can help others, we support children thru Gospel for Asia and other organizations and help missions. We do not have garbage pickup, our chickens are glad for any leftovers they can get as also are 2 stray cats. We compost, have a large garden, can (in jars) a lot of our garden, raise our own potatoes and sweet corn and buy very little packaged food from grocery stores . Absolutely no food gets thrown away . I totally agree with passerby that this planet is not overpopulated. And also that mankind shall not have the decision left up to them as to when life on this planet comes to an end. God, who created this world still is in control. Everything is proceeding exactly as His Word foretold, and we truly are living in the last days . I really like Mother Earth magazine because of the good gardening ideas and other helpful tips as far as homesteading goes, but we need to worship the Creator and not his creation. I also do not share in the Obama Worship, I think he is one of the worst things that has ever happened to our country,and has brought us very much closer to God's judgment on this nation. "Righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people". It is heart-breaking to think how this once great nation of ours has fallen so very low. I would like to include here the words of our national hymn. Would this song be welcome in today's government and our ungodly news media? God of our fathers, whose almighty hand Leads forth in beauty all the starry band Of shining worlds in splendor through the skies Our grateful songs before Thy throne arise. Thy love divine hath led us in the past, In this free land by Thee our lot is cast, Be Thou our Ruler, Guardian, Guide and Stay, Thy Word our law, Thy paths our chosen way. From war’s alarms, from deadly pesti

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