I ran into a sort-of-technical article from ICR: Conservation ethics based on evolution that talks about human population and the earth’s ability to support us all. I don’t know how much you’ve heard about the “overpopulation crisis,” but not so long ago it was very popular to be frightened of the human pest problem on earth. It still is popular in some circles.
So what’s the problem with more little people running around? Water, food, medicine, jobs. Some people believe that there is just so much to go around, so if I have more, you will have less. Now, this is a Creation Science site, not a political one, but sometimes these things interact. The truth is, if we could stop destroying our own homeland and our neighbors, there wouldn’t be a problem. If we would pass along God’s blessings as we are able and help one another rather than grabbing all we can for ourselves, there wouldn’t be a problem.
Less you think I’m a raving leftist, it’s not Americans who shop at Wal-Mart that I’m talking about, it’s militias that hold their own countries’ citizens under their thumbs and communistic thinking that the earth is ours to exploit that is far more of a problem. Apparently this isn’t something that many people want to admit anymore, but I did run into a book called Ecocide in the USSR that is willing to talk about that fallen government’s horrible care for its land and people.
The thing that I wanted to bring out to you is the difference Worldview has on our care for the land and our fellow man. China has been trying to cure its problems by murdering tiny babies before they are born. But is this the only way to handle such problems? Have a look at these pages:
- Amazing Pictures of the Pollution in China (if you are squeamish, don’t scroll more than a 1/4 down)
- Arable (farmable) land idle as farmers work in cities of China, “it is likely that most of the idle land in rural areas will be developed for construction, instead of being used as farmland.”
Don’t tell me you’re in big trouble because you have just too many people to try to feed. I didn’t realize what I had discovered at the time, but if you look at the Chinese Flood legend, you will find how old this thinking is. For 1000s of years, the Chinese people have believed that babies dying and people being unable to have children were blessings given them to prevent another horrible flood. They have thought God’s command was a curse for a very long time.
Now, to show you a different way to think about people and the land, have a look at Israel. Israel has a population density of 803 people per square mile (sorry, I don’t know the metric equivalent) while China has a density of 365psm. Any way you slice it, people are packed in a lot closer in Israel than in China. Yet the only food stuff that they don’t manage to grow enough of to feed themselves is grain. How do they do that without forcing their moms to only have one child or destroying their environment? All while living in one of the driest areas of the world!
I rather liked what this article has to say about how Israel can help India (one of the world’s most densely populated countries) feed their people. Their opening paragraph talks about how Israel combines all its areas of study to help produce the most food in the smallest space. They are very good at using a little bit water and all of this requires only a few people to spend their time growing it.
- Israel’s Agriculture in photos (I especially like the huge upside down tomato plants)
- The Bible is guiding Israel’s care for their land (very good article, please don’t miss this one!)
- Communistic (and even our own) governments’ unconcern for pollution you can read this article: Why Socialism Causes Pollution
- The environmental effects of war on the world and people
And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. Genesis 1:28,29
And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.
And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered.
Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.
And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein. Genesis 9:1-3,7
And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.
And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. Luke 14:22,23