..the things they told us couldn’t happen happened.- Mike Williams, Chief Electronic Technician on the oil rig Deepwater Horizon platform (2010) Garrett Hardin (1974) warned of the dangers of overpopulation and used the metaphor of lifeboats for nations on Earth whose capacity for human habitation was exceeded and which possessed few resources, or were perceived as having some capacity remaining. Introduction Outline and Evaluate Hardin's 'Lifeboat Ethics'.
Still, desperate people lacking food or other resources, such as water, may assume that, however great the risks, migration to a nation that appears to have a surplus would be a good idea.
If we reconsider the metaphor in this way, it is perhaps possible to see how the richer nations of the world have an obvious link with poorer countries.
One could go so far as to say that the systematic exploitation of poorer countries by wealthier nations provides a very good reason as to why the rich nations should take an active part in providing aid to poor countries.
I have changed my term from because these people are migrating to what they hope will be a better situation for them and their families.
The numbers indicating excess are quite striking — ecological overshoot was 140 percent in 2009 and is likely to be larger in 2010.