A friend of mine just put a link to Earth First! on his home page. We both agree that there are too many human beings on the planet. What he doesn't seem to understand is that there is no way to prevent people from destroying the Earth's biosphere. Humans can't even agree on what the problems are, much less having the courage to attempt a solution. Not in this world.
There was a recent book about endangered species called Last Chance to See. What a great title! It is the last chance to see these species before they go extinct - and they will, you can bet on it. The only question is whether our damage to the biosphere will make Earth uninhabitable for humans. I don't suspect so, but the next century is going to be a frightening time.
Has it ever occured to you that we didn't have bottled water years ago? Now some people rely on it. That's how it starts: just a little bit here, a little bit there. We're on the downward slope, and we've been for years. It just hasn't hit some people yet that it is in fact irreversible. The cause is the population explosion. It's too late to do anything about it, short of creating a virus that renders everyone sterile. Then the world might have a chance.
So let me advocate that. If you're a biotechnologist, please consider creating a virus that renders people sterile. Ideally, it would have these properties:
The long incubation without symptoms, plus easy transmission, would allow it to spread throughout the world. Imagine if human births just started dropping - it would be the best thing that could possibly happen.
A friend pointed out that there is hope for the future - if the proposed virus is created and spreads. Perhaps, but it's just another pipe dream. It is an illusion of hope.
A good Web site for anti-population resources is The Church of Euthanasia. I have to disagree with these folks, though. They seem to think their efforts might make a difference. They're wrong. But where else can you get a spiffy black tshirt with the slogan THANK YOU FOR NOT BREEDING? Bumper stickers too!
They're the source for the "No People" logo above.
While you're at it, check out the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement.