Wednesday, November 21, 2007

The World Without Us

The author of "The World Without Us" Alan Weisman visited Weber State University campus Friday and spoke on how the World's population could be better controlled and how it related to his book.

Weisman's non-fictional book is based on his thought experiment about what the world would turn into if humans were no longer in existence.

"I didn't write this book because i like the idea of no human beings," Weisman said. "It gives us a chance to see what the world would be like and see if we could find a way to put ourselves back in it."

However, it wasn't Weisman's idea of no humans that shocked the audience, which accounted for about 50 people, but it was his idea of population control that silenced the crowd. Every four days 1 million more human beings are born. Weisman said that controlling our population could help us function better in our world. Based on his research, the amount of resources left in the Earth is not enough to support our race for that much longer.

"Do we want to bring our population down ourselves or do we want nature to do it for us?" Weisman asked.

Weisman said that by limiting procreation to one child per family we could lower our current population of 6 billion down to 1.6 billion by the end of century. He compared to population control to the Earth getting into shape. Lowering the Earth's population is like trimming off the excess fat, he said.

By getting rid of its unnecessary weight we could better preserve the Earth's resources and maintain our existence. Weisman, however, does realize that the idea of population control is very difficult.

"We deserve to be here as much as any other species," Weisman said.

Weisman suggested that perhaps families should consider only having children they could properly care for. His idea of a healthy family was one that was planned out according to financial stability.

Weiman's population control suggestion was simply to get people thinking about what toll being taken of the Earth.

"I don't preach in this," Weisman said. "I just show the facts."

Weisman went on to discuss the rest of the issues the World would face without human beings. From the destruction of our homes to the disintegration of our cities, the Earth would eventually restore itself back to its original condition.

"A lot of the stuff that we have done will be absorbed by nature and made into something even more beautiful," Weisman said.

"The World Without Us" includes all of Weisman's evidence and research he found while investigated what an inhabited earth would become.

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