Dangers to Humanity: The Challenges We Face are Many
In “Dangers to Humanity,” I cover some of the great hurdles we need to surmount if we wish to spare our sons and daughters calamities of epic proportions. These include the effects of overpopulation, pandemics and dealing with water shortages and water related diseases.
Overpopulation threatens to deplete our planet’s resources. It has a huge ripple effect causing a host of problems from food shortages to robbing children of an education.
To feed our insatiable desire for the things we want and need forests are being cut down at an alarming rate. The air we breathe and the water we so desperately depend upon is becoming polluted. Wildlife is either dieing off because we have evicted them from their homes and habitats or we hunt them down till their numbers become alarming low.
Pandemics in this age of globalization and the ease of traveling overseas poses a problem, too. In 2009 the H1N1 influenza pandemic was estimated to have taken the lives of 123,000 – 203, 000 people. The Ebola epidemic of 2014 is considered to be the largest in history. Several West African nations are now battling it. The reported fatality rate is about 71%. As of December 8, 6,756 deaths have been reported. As things stand it’s racing ahead of the efforts to control it.
Water is one of our planets most important resources. It is said that 3.4 million people die each year from a water related disease. A staggering 780 million people lack access to clean water. We’re in a bit of a pickle when you consider that 85% of the world lives in the driest half of the planet! To make matters worse the world’s population is ever increasing.
It is a dire situation we find ourselves in. Many of us though who are living the comfortable life and insulated by that bubble aren’t really cognizant of the fact that one billion people are classified as undernourished by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2009. Three billion people struggle to survive on US$2 a day.
Now-and-then I’ll be be writing articles on “Dangers to Humanity.”