Thursday, March 17, 2011
A lesson on population density
It strikes me that the disaster in Japan may serve as a lesson on the perils of high density population.
I am not trying to say it is any one's fault or in any way make this bad situation any worse.
I am merely noting that if the areas hit by the Earthquake and Tsunami had been less densely populated that there would be significantly fewer ramifications.
For example, in a densely populated area you may have to put your nuclear reactors near your people.
In a densely populated country single events affect a higher number of people simply because there are more people there.
In a densely populated country just where do you send the homeless when the rest of the country is full or devastated? Do these people have to leave their homeland, their country?
Imagine if a bigger event took place. An event that affects more than just one country. Maybe it affects many or half the world...maybe even more!
One day such an event will occur in the form of a meteor strike.
If the world is full of people where do the affected masses go? The Space Shuttle is retiring you know and even it only carries 8 people max and it can't even reach the moon.
So, a sustainable population density means that we humans can endure such disasters much less painfully.
As long as we cram ourselves into every ridiculous danger zone on the planet we can expect to witness human suffering on a great scale.