The Debate that Dare Not Show its Face.
We have seen that exponential growth is impossible within a finite system.
We have seen that it is not just down to consumption patterns.
Today we are going to look at a scientific fact:
Every biological population is limited by the carrying capacity of its habitat.
Biological population means a population that is alive. We are alive, so we are a biological population.
Carrying Capacity: The maximum number of persons or things that a vehicle or a receptacle can carry: a van with a carrying capacity of 12.
(Ecology) The maximum number of individuals that a given environment can support without detrimental effects.
OK? There is a limit. To live, we humans need air, water, food, warmth, shelter, and hygienic waste management. (Basically; we also need other humans, and music and dancing &c)
This requires a certain area of land. Any area of land can support only so many living creatures, be they oak trees, squirrels, or humans.
And the Earth can only support so many people.
There is a limit to the amount of people it can support.
There is a comfortable limit, where everyone has space to go out into the forest or the wilderness and have a think, and there is an uncomfortable limit, where there is not wilderness to speak of, because all land is used to grow food, support housing, or as a waste dump.
All OK? Agreed?
I didn't really need to put this in, it really only re-states the statement "The Earth is Finite". Really I am putting off the final argument, What to do?