The world celebrated the 7 billion population on Oct 31, 2011. The 7th billion child is a Filipino. The UN's sustainable development in all the UN's treaties are just a waste of resources and time. Rio+20, to be held next year will be another passing event. We have come around 20 years since the Rio treaty and we are still talking the same bull stories on sustainability. We are not solving the source of our environment, our natural resources and our needs. In fact, our main concern is to develop everything in a sustainable order. But how can? We have a limited earth. We just can't balloon our earth. We are facing human population explosion. Many more mouths to feed with limited resources. You can keep talking about providing energy efficiency, good environment quality, sustainable management or water efficiency but there will not be enough as population keep increasing. You can keep talking about quality living in landed property rather than pigeon hole apartment. But it won't solve the problem as population mushroomed. No matter how good the sustainable development in papers or in practice, it will come a time when it will be saturated again.
So how? We should be solving the root cause of our problem. And the root of all our problems - human created as well as natural disasters (such as ethnic wars, climate change, human conflicts, wildlife extinction, immigrants, floods, etc) is POPULATION. Lessen the population and we won't have so much problem. Sustainable Population is the mother of all sustainable development. Control the population and we will have less people needing to stay in pigeon holes. Less rubbish in our waterways. Less pollution. And so on.....you get that?
But can we? With all the greed to improve companies' balance sheets and development to sustain the economy of the world, there is no way we are going to sustain our earth. We need fuels, mineral resources and raw materials to run our factories. We just could not supply enough if our demand keep growing. We are destined to doom. December 2012 might be a fiction but rest assure that it will be a reality in the near future. Perhaps as soon as next year!
Go watch the movie 2012. Happy New Year 2012.