Overpopulation is the cause of the present climate and environmental problems. It is responsible for massive deforestation – as land is cleared for agriculture. It is responsible for over-hunting, over-fishing and the destruction of many habitats.
The use of pesticides is decimating insect populations.
The massive pollution creating by our vehicles, industries and domestic use is poisoning the planet.
We need to get 8 billion down to a manageable 4 billion. Problems solved!!
Lucy Ellmann on 5,000 years of male-led environmental destruction
LettersThu 29 Jul 2021 18.10 BST
Arwa Mahdawi claims that men are not responsible for climate change (Don’t blame men for the climate crisis – we should point the finger at corporations, 27 July). This lets men off the hook a little too lightly. Not only are they the instigators of the ruinous Industrial Revolution, which led to the vast contamination of air, water and land, but men have also spent the last 5,000 years fighting, killing, colonising, enslaving, marauding, and yelling about football.
Who invented the capitalist system that Mahdawi agrees is so destructive? And who owns the corporations she so rightly condemns? Men.
So, no need then to quibble with the cited Swedish study. Of course we shouldn’t blame individuals. We should blame all men. Lucy Ellmann Edinburgh
As a man I am tempted to agree with her. Men through their greed and belligerence have created this mess.
The question is whether women would have done it any better. Looking at examples like Thatcher and Priti Patel. I reckon they’d have made as much of a mess.
But then there is Jacinda Ardern.
And most of us men are not uncaring, thoughtless, vicious, greedy bastards. We just keep voting the bad ones into power – and women are just as guilty of that!!
I watched from the quay. There was a vast slick of plastic waste in the harbour. A large barge with a big mechanical grabber was scooping out the plastic. It looked full – a great heap of plastic waste – yet the great mess of plastic in the Amazon river looked as big as ever!
While I was driving around the country I had plenty of time to think. What we are doing to the planet, the loss of so many species, the ravaging of our rainforests, the overpopulation – it all drives me mad.
In the course of my lifetime the world has changed enormously. Nature has been devastated. What I used to take as granted is being eroded every single day.
Living creatures are being wiped out and their interests ignored. If there is money to be made they come in a poor second.
Many people are so cruel. Recently I read of reports of attacks on orangutans. On three different occasions orangutans have been found dying or severely injured riddled with air-gun pellets. One had 140 pellets, including 70 in its head. One died after being riddled with 107 pellets, another had 137 pellets and lost its sight. Which crawl maggots would do such things to such intelligent gentle creatures?
What are we doing to the world? We are kicking the life out of it.