Is humanity sterilising the planet on the instalment plan? (science video)

The idea that UFOs and aliens might be watching Earth without interacting is a popular topic of conjecture and debate within the UFO community. Some argue that visitors are observing society from a distance, perhaps out of curiosity, or because they are studying our planet for scientific research. Others think that aliens may wait for the right moment to make contact, or that they are simply indifferent to humanity’s existence.

One speculation is that aliens might watch Earth without connecting because they expect us to fail as a species because of our declining birth rates. According to this idea, aliens may have observed that human populations are shrinking, and that our technological advancements are not sustainable. They may consider that humanity is on a path towards collapse, and that any interference on their part would be fruitless.

This notion is based on the assumption that aliens are more technologically advanced than humans and have a better understanding of the long-term consequences of our actions. They may have realized that human cultures are unsustainable and that our way of life is not viable in the long term. These critters could conclude that any intervention on their part would be impractical and that mankind is doomed to disintegrate.

Using plastics in the environment has become a major concern in recent years because of the build-up of these materials in the food chain (to us, at least. Any aliens out there might have different values). We can find plastic pollution in every corner of the globe, from the deepest oceans to the highest mountain ranges. As a result, wildlife, including fish, birds, and marine mammals, are ingesting plastic particles, which can lead to serious health problems and even death.

One of the most concerning effects of plastic pollution on wildlife is the fall in human fertility. Studies have shown that exposure to certain chemicals found in plastics can disrupt the endocrine system, leading to decreased sperm count and other reproductive issues in both men and women. This decline in human fertility could have significant implications for the future of our species.

As populations decline, society will need to downsize to a less technologically complex model that doesn’t rely on massive populations. This is a cycle of entropy that has been seen in the collapse of the ancient Roman empire and the Mayan civilization before that.

Besides the decline in human fertility, plastic pollution can also lead to other negative effects on wildlife, such as entanglement, suffocation, and the ingestion of toxic chemicals. These issues can have cascading effects on the entire ecosystem, potentially leading to a decline in biodiversity and losing important ecosystem services.

To combat plastic pollution and its impacts on human fertility, it is essential that we take action to reduce our use of plastics and properly dispose of these materials. This can include measures such as using reusable bags and water bottles, properly recycling plastics, and supporting legislation that aims to reduce plastic pollution.

There are several alternatives to plastic that can be used in various applications:

  1. Bioplastics: Bioplastics are made from renewable resources such as corn starch, sugarcane, and potato starch. They are biodegradable and can be composted after use.
  2. Paper: Paper can be used as an alternative to plastic bags, cups, and food containers. It is biodegradable and can be recycled.
  3. Glass: Glass is a durable, non-toxic alternative to plastic containers. It can be recycled indefinitely without loss of quality.
  4. Metal: Aluminum and steel cans, bottles, and food containers can be used as alternatives to plastic. They are durable, recyclable, and can be used multiple times.
  5. Cloth: Cloth bags, towels, and napkins can be used instead of plastic bags and disposable products. They are reusable and can be washed for continued use.
  6. Wood: Wooden utensils, chopsticks and toothbrushes can be used as an alternative to plastic. They are biodegradable and can be composted after use.
  7. Natural fibers: Natural fibers such as bamboo, hemp, and cotton can be used to make products such as clothing, textiles, and household items. They are biodegradable and can be recycled.

There are several science fiction works that feature infertility as a major plot device: using the theme of infertility to explore the societal, political and personal ramifications of a world without new generations, and how it would affect the survival of the human species, as well as the way people would treat each other.

Children of Men by P.D. James: This novel, which was later adapted into a film, is set in a future where humanity has become infertile, and the last child born has died. The novel explores the societal and political ramifications of this event, as well as the efforts of a small group of characters to save the human race.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood: This novel and subsequent television series is set in a dystopian future where a significant portion of the population has become infertile. The story follows a woman who is forced into a program where she must bear children for a wealthy couple. The novel explores themes of reproductive rights, gender, and power dynamics.

The Road to Nowhere by Meg Elison: This novel is set in a post-apocalyptic world where a plague has made almost all women infertile. The story follows the journey of a young woman who is one of the few remaining fertile women and the struggles she faces as she navigates a world where motherhood is a privilege and a commodity.

These works of science fiction use the theme of infertility to explore the societal, political and personal ramifications of a world without new generations, and how it would affect the survival of the human species, as well as the way people would treat each other.

Can we hope to reverse this global depopulation trend using science? Cloning, perhaps? Bio-engineered bamboo everywhere? We shall see. But the we in that number might be a lot less than we think.


Colonel Frog is a long time science fiction and fantasy fan. He loves reading novels in the field, and he also enjoys watching movies (as well as reading lots of other genre books).

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