I’ve heard some out of whack claims that overpopulation is impossible because 7 billion people can easily fit in New York City. They seem to forget that not all lands can be used for shelter. Some are left as forests, some are used for agriculture and some are uninhabitable.
A friend of mine said: “Like bacteria multiplying in a nutrient-rich Petri dish, a runaway growth cannot run beyond the dish, beyond the finite resources of one’s home, beyond the capacity and ability of the environment to maintain homeostasis. Numbers rise only to fall as the limits to growth are reached, as the supply of food and energy dwindles, as the spiraling amount of excrement and refuse poison and choke the colony. We’re reaching those limits, fast.”
The problem we’re facing now at the world’s current population is really not space, but sustainability. So since not all of us can agree that the world is overpopulated, and since it seems that the world is filled with people who take to heart a non-existent being’s famous words: “Go forth and multiply”, I think we can agree that we should do something about this problem; that our beloved world is indeed overpopulated with corpses.
Cemeteries are a waste of land and some are as big as a golf course. It is my personal opinion that it would be better used for agriculture to sustain the growing demand for food. And not only are the dead competing with the living for space, the practice of burying corpses is harming the environment as well. I read from an article I got from Google that; “We bury enough embalming fluid to fill eight Olympic-size swimming pools, enough metal to build the Golden Gate Bridge, and so much reinforced concrete in burial vaults that we could build a two-lane highway from New York to Detroit,”.
This morning I read in The Philippine Daily Inquirer that the 7 billionth baby will be born on Monday. The last billionth was on October 12, 1999. India is expected to overtake China as the world’s most populous country and it will have a population of 1.5 billion by 2025. With about 2 babies being born every second, the world population will reach up to 10 billion in 2100. Experts say, we will face huge challenges containing poverty and saving the environment.
I think we should all consider “going green” when it comes to our end-of-life process. Cremation doesn’t cost much, it’s sanitary and it doesn’t take up much space. 7 billion people = 7 billion corpses.