NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/ 22 April) — The earth is now teeming with 7.5 billion people that need food, shelters and who are endlessly competing to meet non- elemental wants all of which are wrecking havoc to the planet.
The runaway population demands that great tracks of land and bodies of waters have to be cultivated to raise crops both plants and animals to feed humans and animals alike, however inequitable the access and distribution system maybe.
The mass production of the various crops to sustain lives produces uncontrollable gases like carbon dioxide and methane that are primarily responsible among others, in heating up the earth atmosphere. The forests that provide covers and cools the earth are being destroyed with unprecedented speed to produce shelters and various household items.
The surface and the bowels of the earth are irrevocably disturbed likewise in extracting various minerals to produce other material things- machines and equipment, as well as the energy to run them. All the frantic efforts and activities which are aimed supposedly to enhance, rightly or wrongly the so-called quality of human life pollute the atmosphere flipping the climate spawning thereby untold disasters here and there in recent times.
How are we to save the earth from the atrocious population boom and unbridled consumerism?
All problems of course call their own solution.
Control human reproduction. The number is beyond what is necessary to maintain a livable planet. This solution, in the advent of modern medicines and technology is simple and easy to effect. Humans need not produce little earthlings to enjoy sex.
Reduce toxic gas emission. Move some steps backward in human mobility. Push the pedals of your bike rather than the gas of your car in cruising valleys and hills… Abandon the treadmill, Walk to enjoy the green, or jog to savor the soothing kiss of the early morning breeze. Eschew the TV set, the Wi and thrill yourself with the crackling of the dry leaves in the depth of pristine forests. Swim in the infinite sea not in infinity pools. Eat grass and herbs among the deer and the goats and add more healthy years to your life.
Stop being plastic by refraining to use plastic wrappers holding containers, plates and utensils. This way you cease killing the birds and the fish in the oceans
Know that what little you do to give a little respite to the environment means a lot to all.
We have to stand up and join hands together for the world we love. (MindaViews is the opinion section of MindaNews. William R. Adan is a retired professor and former chancellor of the Mindanao State University Naawan campus in Misamis Oriental).