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The Revenge Of Gaia
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The Revenge Of Gaia: Why The Earth Is Fighting Back, And How We Can Still Save Humanity

Author

James Lovelock

Date

2007

Subject(s)

Eugenics, Population control, Global warming, Climate change, Environmentalism, World government

ISBN-13

978-0-141-02990-0

The Revenge of Gaia is a book written by James Lovelock. It was published in 2006/2007.

Quotes Edit

On population control Edit

"The root of our problems with the environment comes from a lack of constraint on the growth of population. There is no single right number of people that we can have as a goal: the number varies with our way of life on the planet and the state of its health. It has varied naturally from a few million when we were hunters and gatherers to a fraction of a billion as simple farmers; but now it has grown to over six billion, which is wholly unsustainable in the present state of Gaia, even if we had the will and the ability to cut back." - p180[1]
"If we can overcome the self-generated threat of deadly climate change, caused by our massive destruction of ecosystems and global pollution, our next task will be to ensure that our numbers are always commensurate with our and Gaia's capability to nourish them. Personally I think we would be wise to aim at a stabilized population of about half to one billion, and then we would be free to live in many different ways without harming Gaia." - p181[2]
"In the end, as always, Gaia will do the culling and eliminate those that break her rules." - p181[3]

On hospitals for the elderly and regulation of the 'death rate'Edit

"The regulation of fecundity is part of population control, but the regulation of the death rate is also important. Here, too, people in affluent societies are choosing voluntarily seemly ways to die. Traditionally, hospitals have for the elderly been places for dying in comparative comfort and painlessness; the hospice movement has served to set standards and make this otherwise unmentionable role of the health system acceptable. According to Hodkinson, in his book An outline of Geriatrics, about 25 per cent of the elderly entering hospitals die within two months. Now that the Earth is in imminent danger of a transition to a hot and inhospitable state, it seems amoral to strive ostentatiously to extend our personal lifespan beyond its normal biological limit of about one hundred years." - p181-182[4]

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