Terry Orwell for Art-Sheep
More than 7 billion people now inhabit planet Earth, and Earth is going through some pretty difficult times. Global Population Speak Out, an environmental NGO, has published a book with photographs which show the planet’s sufferings, titled “Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot”. There’s a considerably exceptional point of view in this book, and that is the fact that many of the issues the planet is facing are connected to overpopulation.
If we want to be straightforward, more people means more consumption, more trash and, hence, more pollution. Huge pieces of land are being deforested and cleared out in order to be prepared for farming and resource extraction. Rubbish escapes from dumps and into rivers and then into the sea. Not to mention the devastating consequences of accidents taking place at oil platforms, like fires and spills, or factory run-offs into rivers.
Global Population Speak Out tries for raising awareness regarding the problems we are facing from overpopulation and the extreme levels we are reaching in consumerism. Their primary arguments include liberation of women and wider access to education for everyone, which both have the potential of leading to birth control.