Edging Toward Collapse: Masters of the Earth (Infographic)

In 1972 the authors of Limits to Growth predicted the global economy would collapse by 2030. They warned the continued growth of population and the economy would be unsustainable.

Government and industry leaders did not listen and did not act. The infographic below, from OnlineMastersDegree.com is a visual reminder of the consequences.

The total of humans on the planet increases by 200,000 births every day. On World Population Day, July 11, 2012, Beth Buczynski wrote: ”The truth is, the current rate of population growth isn’t sustainable. Not for our national economies, and certainly not for our planet.”

Buczynski also shared the WorldWatch Institute’s nine strategies for keeping the global population under 9 billion. State of the World 2012 suggests population would begin to decline by 2050 if the strategies were implemented.

The prognosis for the planet remains grim. Using statistics from resources listed at the bottom, the infographic points out population has grown 7 times in the past century. With life expectancy up 30 years and demand for resources constantly expanding, humans have gobbled up 75% of available land for cities, agriculture, resource extraction, recreation and all other human activity. Species are disappearing. Oceans are becoming acidic. We are using up the biosphere’s regenerative capacity faster than it can replenish itself.

The infographic suggests three small changes individuals can make. They are a step forward, toward the Big Idea Annie Leonard suggests in The Story of Change: “an economy based on the needs of people and the planet, not corporate profit.”

Every day that global leaders drag their feet brings the world one day closer to disaster. They did not listen in 1972. Can we make them listen in 2012?

Masters of the Earth

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Photo credit: Thinkstock; Infographic credit: OnlineMastersDegree.com


Emily Drew
Emily Drew6 years ago

People make me sick!

Mark Donners
Mark Donner6 years ago

The question is not will the worthless and evil human species go extinct (that is inevitable) but will the earth survive the human cancer and not end up lifeless like Mars. Regardless it will take the earth at least tens of millions of years to recover after the last human blinks out.

Nimue Pendragon

This needs to be posted far and wide.

Robyn Brice
Robyn Vorsa6 years ago

Sobering. Thanks so much for posting this.

Carole L.
Lowell L6 years ago

David E.
“What does 23,000 threatened species every year mean exactly? Are those 23,000 actually going extinct and being replaced by another 23,000”

No David, they are not being replaced at all. Humans are creating the mass extinction of all life on earth. Quite a legacy don’t you think?

@Paul B go look up the meaning of; Ponzi scheme, then get back to us.

How is global warming like pregnancy? You can only deny it for so long.

Extinction, don’t think about it too long.

Don H.
Don H6 years ago

Paul B, if there is no money for social security and medicare we can thank George W Bush for his MASSIVE tax cuts for the wealthy and two unpaid for counterproductive unnecessary wars of choice.

FICA contributions are the single largest creditor to the United States government. That means working people have allowed the government to borrow more from us than they have borrowed from China.

The government owes this money to the people just as surely as it owes China. As a matter of fact, a failure to provide social security to the people would amount to a default.

Your Ponzi scheme claim is PURE NONSENSE. Take your right wing lies someplace else.

John S.
John Steinsvold6 years ago

An Alternative to Capitalism (if the people knew about it, they would demand it)

Several decades ago, Margaret Thatcher claimed: "There is no alternative".
She was referring to capitalism. Today, this negative attitude still persists.

I would like to offer an alternative to capitalism for the American people to consider.
Please click on the following link. It will take you to an essay titled: "Home of the Brave?"
which was published by the Athenaeum Library of Philosophy:


John Steinsvold

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result."
~ Albert Einstein

Ernest R.
Ernest R6 years ago

@ Paul B.. Guess what, Paul B. The younger generation isn’t “feeding “ any more. Not to senior pensions, not even toward its student loan debt. If the population is not deflated NOW it will become irrelevant who paid into whose pension. That is a guarantee.WE aren't in Kansas anymore.

Troy G.
Troy Grant6 years ago

What do you say to the Mammon worshippers and to the end timers?

Amanda M.
Amanda M6 years ago

This needs to be shown to the idiots in our county who refuse to improve recycling programs, refuse to support renewable-energy programs, are against such things as contraception, and who flat-out refuse to accept that WE are directly responsible for the climate change we're undergoing now!

But since these same idiots equate climate change with evolution (and we do have some diehard creationists around here), I'm not holding my breath.

Once we get a new ink cartridge for our printer (there IS a place in the county seat called Think ReInk where you can get your ink cartridges refilled and where old ones are recycled and refilled to be sold in their establishment for a fraction of the price of new cartridges), I'll be able to print this out and hang it on our wall! This is a lesson that our two daughters need to be reminded of!