It is very simple; the people in the developed world eat too much and use too much fossil fuel energy. This is creating rapid climate change and food shortages through droughts and flooding. Many more people than normal are going hungry in the world while much of the developed world is over fed and close to obesity. Further there amount of people in the owlrd is placing stress on the planet and its resources.
Therefore three simple steps are needed:-
- People in the developed world should cut their intake of food by about 25%. They will be leaner, fitter and healthier and the resulting lack of demand of food will send food prices down, enabling food to be cheaper for the hungry.
- People in the developed world should cut their use of fossil fuel energy by 65%. This would mean a reduction in carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 50%, which is about the level of carbon dioxide that the planet can recycle and which would, over a number of years, (may be twenty or thirty) bring an end to anthropogenic climate change.
- Reduce the world’s population. This is easier said than done, notwithstanding humanity’s propensity for killing each other in wars.
As far as our planet is concerned less is always better than more. In particular fewer humans on the planet would be beneficial to all life forms, including humanity.
Taking these steps will not completely solve the problem of third world hunger or rapid climate change but it will go a long way to solving these problems. However, it is possible that we may be incapable or unwilling to take these steps.
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