Three Mountains to Climb




I think it’s time for us to start visualizing the future we desire. I’m not pretending it will be easy to get there.

I believe we have three tall mountains to climb.

Conservation is, indeed, the first - if smallest - mountain. We need to forestall the effects of global warming as much as possible while we get our act together. We’re on the lower slopes of the first mountain.

The next climb is longer and steeper. Population control is perfectly unavoidable. Eventually, we must control human population or we’ll make a mess of the habitat and then nature will exert the control we abdicated. I’m not advocating anything draconian, but if the international moral consensus were that each human being should reproduce himself or herself once – two children per couple – populations would begin slowly shrinking. It’s a simplistic solution, but the ultimate solutions are often the simplest.

Kent Welton
4/11/2009 5:46:43 PM

Right on.. but how do we tame and shame the dogma that produces the Pope's children and the Ayatollah's progeny? New systems? Gotta get rid of the old first! Kent Welton,

4/11/2009 5:16:34 PM

Bravo, Bryan. Now, as if this isn't challenging enough, let's figure out how to climb all three mountains at once. And not in 10 or 20 or 30 years, but right now! I'm with you. And more are joining the chorus daily. Dave Gardner Producer/Director Hooked on Growth: Our Misguided Quest for Prosperity Join the cause at">

Eric Rimmer
4/11/2009 4:58:15 PM

From: Eric Rimmer [] Sent: 11 April 2009 22:42 To: 'Val Stevens'; Bill Partridge; David Nicholson-Lord; Dennis Anthony; Hugh Russell;; Martin Desvaux; Ned Davey; Roger Martin; Tim Murray Cc: 'Simon Ross'; 'brian mcgavin'; Brian Czech Subject: FW: Three Mountains to Climb This comes close to a summary of my own beliefs – though I’m less optimistic that we have enough time to get the first two climbed before multiple global emergencies make it much more difficult to get to grips with the third one! By copy of this, I’m asking Brian Czech (CASSE) what he makes of the third mountain? Brian, do we actually know how to climb it? Cheers - Eric Rimmer population activist skype name - ericrimmer

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