I have just read this fact this morning and it hit me between the eyes – this is in my lifetime! In 1960, the year I was born, the population of the world was estimated to be three billion, by 1974 – four billion, now it is estimated to be 7.6 billion.
Yesterday, on Facebook, I came across an article in the Daily Mail about Knepp, an estate near London that had once been intensively farmed but recently has been part of a pioneering re-wilding project. I think George Monbiot may have referred to it in an article last year or earlier this year. Anyway, what a place! I don’t normally read the Daily Mail but the article gives me hope that we can live alongside nature without destroying it and that it can enrich our lives. If I am ever down that way I hope to visit.
The observations recorded in the article also tie in so well with the principle in Permaculture about observing and interacting with nature. If we watch and learn from how nature works then we can live with nature, we can enrich our lives and not destroy the natural world that we are part of.
There is hope!