This morning I listened to my favourite radio show, Legends of Rock, on Toronto-based Q-107. The show profiled legendary rock vocalist Paul Rodgers. Rodgers as you may know, was the front man for several well known 70s & 80s bands, including Free, Bad Company and The Firm. He also teamed up with Brian May and Roger Taylor in 2004 to tour as Paul Rodgers & Queen. He has been dubbed, ‘The Voice,’ a tribute to his incredible vocal talent.
Rodgers, I am also pleased to say, became a Canadian citizen in 2011 after marrying Cynthia Kereluk, a former Miss Canada.
During the radio show, interviewer, Jeff Woods, asked him what was his greatest fear. I expected the answer to have something to do with his family or career. Instead, Rodgers said his greatest fear is that there are too many people on the planet and that we’re going to drown in our own garbage. Refreshingly insightful words from someone involved in an industry better known for its lavish lifestyles and unabashed self indulgence.
I share Paul Rodgers fear. I believe there are too many people on this planet. There are already jurisdictions where the water is in short supply and the air unfit to breathe and as the population continues to grow it’s just going to get worse. What is more, we are creating far too much pollution and garbage and as illustrated in the movie, Slum Dog Millionaire, we are definitely drowning in it. This is a situation we can no longer ignore because to do so is at our own peril.
But how do you stop population growth when millions of jobs around the world, particularly in the construction industry, and the fortunes of many really wealthy people, rely on it. In his book, The Story of B, Daniel Quinn says that in order to do so, we have to halt agricultural production. We have to stop growing so much food. But who’s going to tell the farmers to stop growing crops. Who’s going to tell fishermen to stop catching fish. And who’s going to tell the food conglomerates to stop producing food. Again, millions of people would be out of work and many rich and powerful people would suddenly find themselves not so rich and powerful. It ain’t gonna happen … at least not voluntarily.
The reality is though, if we don’t do something ourselves, mother nature certainly will. To understand how, let’s take a look at deer and wolves. A deer herd living in a certain area will naturally grow in size and as long as there are few or no predators, it will continue to grow and grow until it eats all the food. At this point, starvation and disease set in. They don’t move or find ways to produce more food. They don’t voluntarily stop reproducing. They simply die off.
Wolves on the other hand, behave differently. When food becomes scarce, they stop reproducing. A pregnant alpha female will actually abort her young. Wolves instinctively understand that to continue to reproduce puts the entire pack at peril. If only we could be so intelligent.
So what do we do. Well, one option is to continue to put all the crap in our bodies that we do now…things like aspartame, sugar, trans fats,genetically modified foods, pasteurized foods, fast foods, microwaved foods, medications, etc, compromise our immune systems and slowly kill ourselves. Personally, I don’t like this option because it will take too long, plus I will lose a lot of family and friends.
I think the most important thing we can do right now is bring this issue out in the open. We need some awareness and we need some dialogue. We are going to have to make some hard choices. We can be like the deer or we can be like the wolf, but we simply can’t be like the proverbial ostrich with our heads buried in the sand.
Let’s glow like shooting stars!
Have an awesome day!