It is right to be alarmed, because there is a danger, a serious danger, only I do not see it as emminent. The sun is supposed to last for another 5 billion years more or less, if our astromeners are right. We are probably loosing more living creatures now than 1000 years ago, but what is 1000 years in the history of the Earth, which has survived the glacial age, the arid age and what more.
Too many people? Yes to many people! Too much desert? Yes too much desert! and a lot of other facts too, but what is going to happen if we decide not to give food to the ones suffering the famine, not to treat the diseases, let the wars kill as many as possible, yes, it would be a solution to certain problems, but what would we feel like seeing millions dying because we want to save our piece of Earth for the grandchildren of our grandchildren and not giving a chance to the children to be of those unfortunate?
Personally, I think you have way too much faith in human kind, but that's just my opinion.
The situation in KNP is that the elephants have reached a threshold, where if they continue to increase in numbers, they will threaten the rest of the animals in the reserve due to the destruction of habitat.
Similarly, I beleive that earth can only support x number of people under normal conditions. The problem is that more people, means more space is needed to house them, and more space is needed to grow food to support them. On the other hand, we are busy destroying the panet with our industry and pollution. We are overfishing the oceans and surely we are doing to our environment what the ellies are doing to KNP. More space for peoplr to live means less space to grow food or feed cattle which provide the bulk of our meat and leather.
Does that mean we cull humans? Not my call. Imagine what the world population might have been today if 53 million people were not killed during the 2nd WW. War is also not the answer. Only a small percentage of the population are killed. Disease is something natural, but we got too clever and learned how to combat some of them. This means more people live and there are more people to breed.
My concern is very much the fact that our current lifestyle (cars, aeroplanes and industry) is fouling up the air we breath and this is going to get us frst.)
Even if mankind has only been on the planet for a very short space of time, relatively speaking, he has done a bang-up job of being the most destructive creature on it and it's this destruction that causes me to believe that we will not be around for another 50 to 100 years at the present rate of destruction.
Do we take precendence over wildlife and the natural habitat? I don't know. I just know that we have been given dominion over the earth and the creatures in it, but given our record of behaviour, it seems we believe that we are the ultimate creature and that it's notimportant to preserve anything, just as long as we can feed the teaming millions, the poor and the destitute.
I am not trying to argue that we have more or less rights, just expressing my beliefe that we are unable to see that we are being destructive, and will continue the destruction until it's way too late. Therefore, I think that life on earth is threatened.
Conservation is not an option.
It's imperative.Leave KNP alone. Go build a hotel someplace else. Reserves are for the preservation of wildlife. Think Pink. ..