Yes, I'm a little angry at the email I just read from a guy in Ottawa County who seems to think his is the correct view of the universe and mine is narrow and unrealistic. First of all, thank you for sending me the copy of the ten commandments, I hope you follow them. Personally I was baptized a Roman Catholic (the one true religion) and had those memorized when I was four years old.
So, what I want you to know is, you chose to chew out the wrong ecofreak. I'm no treehugger pansy activist, I'm the real deal. I've got years of research and study under my belt. What I'm going to do is turn your apparent animosity for folks like me into a lesson on the Laws of Ecology. These are not theories, mind you, these are laws... as in the Laws of Physics, the Laws of Thermodynamics, etc. Right? I do this, hopefully, to inform you. I also do it to piss you off a little more, cuz I think you're a dickwad.
Garrett Hardin's Three Laws of Human Ecology:
First: We can never do merely one thing.
This is a profound and eloquent observation of the interconnectedness of nature.
Second: There's no away to throw to.
This is a compact statement of one of the major problems of the affluent society.
Third: The impact (I) of any group or nation on the environment is represented qualitatively by the relation
I = P x A x T , where P is the size of the population, A is the per capita affluence, measured by per capita rate of consumption, and T is a measure of the damage done by the technologies that are used in supplying the consumption. Hardin attributes this law to Ehrlich and Holdren (Ehrlich and Holdren, 1971). (The suggestion may be made that the Third Law is too conservative. The Third Law suggests that I varies as pn where n = 1. There are situations where the impact of humans increases more rapidly than linearly with the size of the population P so that n > 1.)
LAWS OF HUMAN ECOLOGY RELATING TO SUSTAINABILITY:
There are 17 (currently), I will give you the first 3 to think about now and follow with the rest in later posts (because dickwad, your limited mental capacity cannot process all this information at once.)
First Law: Population growth and/or growth in the rates of consumption of resources cannot be sustained.
I = PAT.
The product of AT continues to increase for humans whether P is constant or increasing. Sustainability is conditional upon impact, I, being either zero or constant.
Second Law: The larger the population of a society, and/or the larger its rates of consumption of resources, the more difficult it will be to transform the society to the condition of sustainability.
Third Law : The response time of populations to changes in the total fertility rate is the length of time people live, or approximately fifty to seventy years. The consequence of this is termed population momentum.
Did you get that, jackass? Focus on these until tomorrow when I post another 3 laws of Human Ecology Relating to Sustainablility... 14 more to go.