On the Survival of Humanity by Risteárd Mulcahy
Published on 10th May 2020
Mulcahy has always been interested in the relationship between population and the planet and is deeply concerned about the future of mankind as it ignores the well-being of our planet home. As in previous publications, he warns us about the limitations of Planet Earth as the home of man and other living creatures.
Whilst he takes a gloomy view of our future on this earth, he puts forward solutions that might prevent the final cataclysm. In this book, the author’s main argument describes the detrimental impact of over-population on the sustainability of planet Earth.
In this book, the author’s main argument focuses on the detrimental impact of over-population on the sustainability of planet Earth. Referencing studies both old and new, ranging for example from ‘An Essay on the Principle of Population’ by Thomas Robert Malthus’ from1798 to the UN Population Division, his prognosis foretells a future of increasing world population size and decreasing natural resources. Appealing to world leaders to engage seriously with this topic, he points out potential solutions in order to regain an improved equilibrium between humanity and the natural world. Starting out with a fable set in 2050 in which new strict regulations are in place for society to survive, the book finishes leaving us to ponder on our own behaviour and that of governments.
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