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Environment and Population

"Our planet is small and becoming increasingly overcrowded. At the end of the 20th century, the world population had reached 6 billion people, doubling in the previous forty years."

Global extracts...

Humanists are non-religious people who live by moral principles based on reason and respect for others, not obedience to dogmatic rules. They promote happiness and fulfilment in this life because they believe it is the only one we have.

What is distinctive about a humanist view of environmental problems?

Because of its name, some people think that humanism must be completely human-centred, concerned only with human welfare. Humanists are concerned with human welfare and happiness, but because of this concern, humanists also care about the natural world, which we all depend on and which will have to sustain our descendants.

We should care about the future of our planet because we care about other human beings, even those not born yet. Because humanists have no belief in a god or supernatural force that will solve our problems for us, they know that human beings must take sole responsibility for sorting out environmental problems. We are the only ones capable of finding the solutions that can lead to a sustainable existence.

Renewable energy...

A series of three articles by Raffique Shah:

A 'seismic shift' in the energy world (1 of 3) "Renewable energy, however, needs to be taken seriously, more so as oil prices soar to levels never before seen. Oil, most experts agree, will not dip below US$50 a barrel. In fact, if anything, it's likely to approach the US$100 mark."

Now even coconut oil is used as renewable energy (2 of 3) "But it takes a wise man (or government) to plan for many generations to come, to look at the alternatives we can explore so that future generations can survive the decline of fossil fuels."

Renewable energy the wave of the future (3 of 3) "Renewable energy, however, needs to be taken seriously, more so as oil prices soar to levels never before seen. Oil, most experts agree, will not dip below US$50 a barrel. In fact, if anything, it's likely to approach the US$100 mark."

What is your ecological footprint?

"It would take 5.4 Earths to sustain the world's population if everyone lived like the average American"

Ecological Footprint Calculator

If everyone lived like you, how many Earths would be needed? You can visit the Calculator to measure your "ecological footprint" and find out.

Sources: www.humanism.org.uk

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