So leading environmental scientists are saying that the earth’s carrying capacity(the biggest population it can sustain with available resources) is approximately 8-12 billion people.
Unfortunately, the earth’s current population is hovering at around 6.6 billion and quickly rising. It is projected that within our lifetime we will see a population crash. Within the next 15-40 years the population will double. The total population with exceed the carrying capacity of the planet. Non-renewable resources such as coal and oil will be depleted, and renewable resources such as forests and water will be used up at a faster rate than nature is able to replenish them. There is also the problem of environmental polution and degredation of said renewable resources.
Essentially all of this put together will cause the earth’s population to crash to a sustainable level which is under carrying capacity. However, once a resources has been damaged or polluted, carrying capacity will drop to a much lower number. This cycle may or may not repeat, depending on government regulations and changes to our way of life.
Agent Smith said it best in the Matrix when he spoke of human nature,
“Iï¿½??d like to share a revelation that Iï¿½??ve had, during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species and I realized that you arenï¿½??t actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with its surrounding environment, but you humans do not. You move to an area and you multiply, and multiply until every natural resource is consumed. The only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You are a plague, and we… are the cure.”
So what? Religious fanatics who speak of the apocalypse are often seen as nut cases. They claim that “god” will come and smite people. We have to repent or something will happen and satan will buttfuck us. Well, I think they are partially correct. There is an apocalycpse that is comming, but its not “god” or “satan” doing the buttfucking.
Here is my theory. After the population crash occurs, resources will become scarce and war will break out. What is the one historical reason that countries go to war? Resources. Part of the reason we are in Irac is because of resources. Well, what happens when the chinese have used up all of their water for irrigation of cropland? What happens when the ocean has been overfished? What happens when farmland has salted over or the nutrients in the soil has been depleted and the topsoil blows away(as with the dustbowl)? If we do not have what we need to live, we will take it by force.
During all of this strife, pollution will wreak havoc on the earth’s natural ecosystem. Forces of nature will become so great that natural catastrophies such as earthquakes and hurricanes will take out entire countries. This has already started to occur. Think about the number and severity of natural disasters in the past 10-15 years. And what about the mass flooding that will occur once the ice caps are gone? The draught that will occur when the atmosphere is gone and the suns rays can directly hit the earth. Desert land will expand, shrinking available living space and resources.
The atmosphere is under severe jeopardy. This is a mitigatable problem, however it will never be helped. Forests are the lungs of the earth. Plantlife(trees in particular), are responsible for taking CO2 out of the air and producing O2(oxygen) gas through photosynthesis. Deforestation will eventually ruin the atmosphere and the breathability of the earth.
With the damage to the atmosphere caused by al’gore and greenhouse gasses, the polar ice caps will melt. I theorize that the earth is partly stabilized in its rotation around the sun by its temperature and density. Once the icecaps are gone and the atmosphere is permanently damaged, temperatures will rise and water will evaporate. The Earth’s axis will essentially be buggered, which will throw the earth out of its natural orbital rotation.
Here is the part that is hard to postulate. This is what i would assume happens. The earth will spin into oblivion, possibly freezing over and killing everything. Just as time is thought to be cyclical or continuous, the earth will renew. The frozen tundra of a planet will renew an atmosphere and get into a maintable orbit. Microbacteria will florish and evolution will start all over. Just on a hopeful guess, things will work just like when europa broke apart and the end of the iceage.
Hairy people will evolve from fish. People will be happy and skip thrugh fields of daises.