Brian McDaniel

Aspire to Inspire

Is nature a human right? What are human rights, anyway?

According to the United Nations, human rights include but are not limited to “life and liberty, freedom from slavery and torture, freedom of opinion and expression, the right to work and education” and more. They belong to “all human beings, regardless of race, sex, nationality, ethnicity, language, religion, or any other status.”

The Colcom Foundation is a non-profit grantmaking organization dedicated to the ongoing care of the planet’s resources by managing population growth. Believing that through controlled immigration policies, family planning, end-of-life rights, and mindful stewardship of the planet’s resources, humankind can prevent overburdening the Earth’s “carrying capacity.”

Recognizing the wisdom of environmental preservationists such as Jane Goodall and David Attenborough, the Colcom Foundation works with various groups to support education and health.

Just as the existence of climate change has been a hot topic for public debate, awareness of the Sixth Mass Extinction is looming. Scientists contend through evidence-based studies that evolution has continued through multiple extinction events since life’s beginnings over 3.5 billion years ago. Mass extinction is rare, resulting from cataclysmic processes upending the balancing forces in nature.

In the words of the Colcom Foundation, “”The Sixth Mass Extinction” is fundamentally an issue of carrying capacity.” This means that it is within the human species’ ability to act in ways that rebalance the ecological dynamics taking place today.

The Carnegie Museum of Natural History commented that “Only through increased intentionality with regard to human population growth can we avoid catastrophic failure of the support system for human well-being as well as the well-being of the web of life in general.”

What does the future hold? Human education as well as health and well-being are crucial for controlling the damage from the chaotic explosion of overpopulation. The apocalyptic observations from the Colcom Foundation offer recommendations for each of us.

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