Peak Human

Jonathan Austen, author of "Save the Earth...Don't Give Birth"
Jonathan Austen

Every single one of the world’s problems would be improved by a smaller world population.

Save the Earth…Don’t Give Birth, by Jonathan Austen

link to Amazon.com. The free online version of the book is here, for anyone to read.

The world would be dramatically improved if just one generation had on average one child.

Realising Utopia

Ridding the world of poverty and increasing food supplies isn’t possible without destroying what is left of the natural world. If we are already using 1.4 planets, how can we eliminate poverty, even with technological agricultural advances? We can only fix it by tackling it on both sides: consumption and population.

It is a small sacrifice compared to the consequences of inaction. When we finally emerge on the other side of the population and consumption mountain that we have been relentlessly climbing life will become utopian. We will look back with disbelief at what we did and how close we came to the point of no return.

A voluntarily accepted, progressive and humane population policy is the best way to overcome the dangers faced by the world today. A mind-set where it is accepted that having a small family is the best thing you can do would change the world dramatically for the better within a few decades.

Current carbon dioxide emissions are added at around 10 billion tonnes per year, and the budget set to avoid temperature increases over 2°C is set to be exhausted in less than 25 years. Following a lower population path could reduce emissions by 1.4–2.5 billion tonnes annually by 2050, which is equivalent to 16–29 per cent of the emission reductions necessary to achieve these aims. By the end of the century, the effect of slower population growth would be even more significant, reducing total emissions from fossil fuel use by 37–41 per cent.

With 200 million women worldwide lacking access to family planning, providing this access gives families the ability to plan when to have children and to decide how many they want, giving them all far better lives. All of this could be fairly easily provided given the political will, and would lower fertility rates worldwide. Had action been taken at the end of the 20th century, world population would have peaked before 2000 and we wouldn’t be facing today’s multiple crises.

The single best way a person can reduce their CO2 emissions is to have one less child.

A small variation in the average number of births per woman makes an immense difference in long-term population size. An increase of 0.5 in the average number of births per woman from today’s rate would see world population increasing to over 16 billion people.

But a decrease by 0.5 births would see a population peak of 8.4 billion by 2050, decreasing to today’s levels by 2100.

The biocentric human world works in harmony with the natural world. Everyone has the space and resources they need. All energy comes from the Sun. There is no pollution. All waste is recycled. Cars drive themselves quietly around open, congestion-free roads. There is no war or conflict as there is nothing to fight for, or against. The climate is no longer changing, as maximum human effort is put into the greatest global transitional reforesting program ever seen. Forests are re-growing even faster than they were chopped down. Immense solar water-pumping stations purify and pump fresh water to the deserts, turning them into virgin paradises, speeding the re-absorption of CO2. Atmospheric CO2 levels have stabilised and are set to reverse.

All environmental charity work is redundant as animals begin to thrive and multiply in their natural environments. The millions once employed by charities instead now help to expand and naturalise the animal environments that were once so close to disappearing forever. The endangered species list is decreasing every year and will soon disappear to the history books as the Sixth Extinction comes to an end. The news reports of wild animal populations that once showed numbers dwindling to dangerously low levels now report booming populations not seen since the 19th century, with massive herds of elephants and tigers by the thousand roaming the wild jungles of India.

Food is cheap and plentiful, with all crops organic, many grown by hand close to home as people have time on their hands and enjoy working with nature. No child ever goes hungry. All children are wanted, loved, and cared for. Property is so cheap everyone has a house, and the millions slowly being left to be reclaimed by nature are now playgrounds for wildlife.

The Grand Metamorphosis

The last few centuries have seen more changes than ever witnessed before in human history, and we are set to continue the revolution. A phone in the palm of your hand today gives everyone unprecedented access to every piece of information on the planet – science fiction has turned into fact in only a few years. This one change has transformed the world and the changes are set to continue.

In the 1920s, H.G. Wells wrote that:

‘Human life, the tune, the quality, the elements, are changing visibly before our eyes. Human life, as a matter of fact and not a matter of sentiment, is different from what it has ever been before, and it is rapidly becoming more different. Perhaps never in the whole history of life before the present time, has there been a living species subjected to so fiercely urgent, many-sided and comprehensive a process of change as ours to-day.’

H.G. Wells

The planet is in the middle of a grand metamorphosis. Viewed from space, the planet at night lights up as it has never done before, as though the planet is an egg hatching, going from one state to another. How we come out the other side of the transition is yet to be seen, and predictions are notorious for being wrong. What is certain is that the world at the end of this century will be radically different from today. How it is different depends on our actions now. We don’t know whether the current global and political economic system can cope with the rapid changes that are being caused by our vast numbers.

As we enter a new epoch of technology we can forget the tired view of politics and economics. Everything from the past is irrelevant as we enter a new phase in both human and the Earth’s evolution. A new level of evolution single connected global awareness and knowledge base is here to stay. A planetary awareness as every human can communicate with every other and have knowledge of everything. The level of change from the internet, it and connectedness is as significant as the leap from single cell organisms to multi cell, creating a planetwide new form of interconnected life, a sentient Gaia. A self-supporting hyper -intelligent superorganism comprised of millions of individual super-humans is developing from the current turmoil of simultaneous human collapse and technological revolution.

A new civilisation will be created through a period of metamorphosis that will be long and hard, dwarfing the changes of the past. It will be easier to get through the coming storm with a smaller population: the smaller the population, the fewer the people who will suffer.

The free online version of the book is here, for anyone to read.

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  1. Edwin Rubenstein
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    It is Not All About Us
    August 30, 2018

    Despite its apocalyptic title, this book is an easy, informative, and ultimately uplifting read for anyone interested in the ecological future of our planet. Governments may be paralyzed, but people are increasingly aware and engaged in the population issue. A tipping point is at hand, Austen says, “where it is normal, accepted, and commonplace to talk about our numbers.”

    Most Americans know there is a population problem. But for many of us, it’s a case “out of sight, out of mind.” Life has never been better. We spend a smaller share of income on food and clothing, more on self-indulgent baubles, and a lot more educating our children. Declining fertility rates, technological breakthroughs, and the unrealized predictions of Malthus and other scare mongers, create the impression that we can forestall environmental collapse indefinitely.

    Like the boy who cried wolf, Austen is desperate to capture our attention. He has mine.

    Save the Earth…Don’t Give Birth is self-published, and available on Amazon. A photo of Austen is on the back cover, but not a word on his education, occupation, or work experience. Such self-effacement is not surprising from a man who blames overpopulation, in part, on self-absorbed humans increasingly “…not looking outwards to help others and the world, instead sinking further into narcissism.”

    Karen I. Shragg
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    All politicians and environmental leaders, all concerned citizens need to read this amazing book
    August 20, 2018

    Austen has written a very readable book about a very difficult topic. He pulls no punches telling us how much numbers matter and yet manages to hold our feet to the fire without judgement.Environmental groups by in large have told us a lie by not telling us the full truth about overpopulation. Sweeping this issue under the rug of political correctness has only made matters worse. Austen rightly calls for open discussions about a world too full of us so that it may finally be addressed. I highly recommend his bold and seminal book.

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