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                              The World in Perspective
 
With a world population of 7 billion, humanity now has the ability to exert a much greater influence on the Earth, both for better and for worse.  The positive aspects of man's effect on can Earth improve life, while the the negative effects are taking their toll in many ways.  Logically then, the negative aspects demand attention, which they are not receiving adequately to the threat, on a global scale. 
 
Contrary to studies by some researchers, who have stated that it is not possible to produce enough food for six and one half billion people, it should be obvious to all that man has the ability to do so.  Statistically, 33% of the land mass on earth is relatively non-productive desert land, but by reversing desertification, it is possible to restore the land to a productive state.  The first step however, is to identify the causes of desertification.  They are mainly man and the animals he keeps.  There are viable solutions to this problem also. The next step is to begin the process of reversal of desertification; there are many ways to do this, but they are simply not being pursued on a large enough scale. 
 

Teach a Man to Fish...
 
The same status quo being maintained by many corporations in the area of energy production is also taking place in the area of social and humanitarian services, worldwide.  Rather than providing aid on a day to day basis, which needs to take place, granted, but much greater emphasis needs to be placed on teaching people how to provide for themselves.  Small water wells can be dug in many ways.  There are about 44 million pages on the subject, so why are people who are constantly being fed by health organizations not being taught how to provide for themselves?  How expensive is it to give them seeds, and provide them with the information about growing crops?  Clearly, something is radically wrong with the way charitable organizations go about their daily business. The number of people in crisis is rising dramatically, yet the methods of handling the food aid programs do not change.  These organizations are therefore contributing to the problem, as they are not adapting their approach to dealing with the increased demand,  and as a result, the relief programs are overburdened and cannot keep up.