Letter: We have a moral obligation to heed the warning signs of our planet’s health

FILE - This Sept. 15, 2009 file photo shows a deforested area near Novo Progresso in Brazil's northern state of Para. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)

The knowledge we’ve acquired as humans amounts to little if we cannot come to terms with growing our population beyond the sustainability of our planet.

If we look at every major issue facing the world today there is not one that could not benefit from shrinking our population. Our propensity to procreate beyond our means, no matter the outcome for the rest of Earth’s inhabitants, might very well be our undoing. Our constant encroachment upon nature and our obstinate refusal to accept our responsibility as only a piece of the puzzle in the natural order of our world could not be more obvious.

What, then, if we continue to pave over the planet, if we deplete our forests, if our waters and air are poisoned beyond consumption and unable to sustain life? Already we are seeing the ill effects of our reluctance to reduce consumption and to bear fewer offspring. Regardless, we have a moral obligation to respect all forms of life beyond our own and to heed the warning signs of our planet’s health.

Hugh Culley, Murray

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