Could We Be Heading For Another Great Depression?

Everyone is suffering from the economic crisis and money is tight as people economize wherever they can, but the worst thing is, in countries like Greece, Spain and many others, the end still seems a very long way off. Because so many people have suffered in the current crisis, it will be very unwelcome news to hear that we could be heading for a total meltdown of the world’s financial systems in twenty years time.

Our Exploding Population

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) predict that we could be heading for a global economic collapse by 2030. They give as reasons for this the exploding world population and our ravenous appetite for natural resources. When you think about it seriously, it does seem likely. Estimates of population growth for 2011 show that 135 million people were born and 57 million died, leaving a population increase of 78 million in a single year. Annually this adds up to a major addition to the number of people the Earth must sustain. Since 1800 the world population has grown by a factor of 700% and it should be obvious to everyone that this cannot continue.

The First and the Last For This Family

As you would expect, countries like China and India top the league for growth, and have already reached the stage where they cannot successfully support such numbers. This is leading to huge areas of desperate hunger and poor living standards among its citizens. India has not taken any measures to reduce population growth, but the problems in China were becoming so acute the government had to impose a restriction of one child per family in 1978. This policy is estimated to have stemmed the population growth by between 250 and 300 million births in the country up to the year 2000 and 400 million from 2000 to 2011.

There can be little doubt, that barring a global war or devastating disease decimating the human population at sometime in the future, we cannot under any circumstances continue in this fashion. The time will come when there are just too many people for the Earth to sustain. It seems inevitable that starving millions will begin migrating ‘en masse’ to the richer countries in search of the necessities of life, whether we want them to or not. You can see the prelude to this in the refugee camps in Africa where the starving are supported by western aid organizations.  Food will become an expensive commodity as the population numbers increase, and global food shortages will no doubt become the norm.

How Long Can We Sustain This

As you can expect, the growing of food will become harder as we work the soil to death in an effort to feed everyone, and this will add a further complication. Today, farmer’s already have to use tons of fertilizer for the soil to support our current food production. Even now the soil is dying because of over-production, for it no longer contains the natural elements that promote healthy plant growth. On top of all this there are signs of what may be coming in the form of drought. This year there are concerns about the lack of water in Spain and even Great Britain among others. So what does that tell us of the future? One thing is for sure, it’s not good news!

The Basics of Life Today

The second major point raised by the MIT researchers was our rampant consumption of the world’s natural resources. Our never-ending greed for more and more energy will eventually lead to disaster, but the sad thing is, no-one seems interested so long as it doesn’t affect them personally. We remain indifferent to the fact that there will come a time when, for example, the oil runs out. Our present way of life  is sustained by this precious commodity for it literally fuels our lives, so what do we do when the last well runs dry? One thing is certain, as stocks finally dwindle wars will be fought over the last drops, for remove the oil from our way of life and we are back in the Middle Ages! Just imagine life without it; no more cars, trucks, boats or ships, no more plastic, no more computers or man-made fibres for clothing and a million other things.

Tornado

Another major factor is global warming, for if current weather trends continue large areas of the globe will become uninhabitable, and again we will see mass migration to areas that are not ravaged by savage storms, hurricanes, cold, heat or floods. When large areas of the world are uninhabitable it will also mean large tracts of land that cannot be used for the growth of food, and so we come back full circle.

We Are ALL Greedy

Mankind has unfortunately reached a stage where we, as individuals, have become so self-centred and greedy that we have forgotten how fragile we are. Our very existence on this planet is solely dependent on how we treat our environment and the Earth’s resources, but sadly, it will take a disaster of earth-shattering proportions to wake us up to the fact. Most people will read this post and not give it a second thought because they think it will not affect them, but what of your children? Throughout the universe we are perhaps a young race, but we must make drastic changes to the way we live if we are ever to become an ancient one!

Roy.

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