journal entry #12 (290-353 pages) [The End]
As the possibilities of life without humans come to a close, an interesting theory arises. “We don’t get out of this life alive and neither will the earth. Around 5 billion years from now, the sun will expand into a red giant, absorbing all the inner planets back into its fiery womb.” Wow! That’s a lot to wrap your head around. I think this prediction may be true, but after all, I won’t be alive to see if it is.
More crucial to us still on earth right now, is whether we humans can make it through what many scientists call this planets latest great extinction. What? We’re becoming extinct? How? Relax, this has been a theory studied for years and is very inaccurate and has been proven wrong many times. In my opinion, the correct answer to whether this world would go on without us is “who knows”. We can come up with millions of possibilities to and explain thiscrazy scenario but none would be true without everybody ACTUALLY disappearing and somebody ACTULLY watching.
The last factor is our population, it seems to keep on growing and growing. A study revealed that if the child per mother rate dropped from 2.6 to 2.0 our current population would decrease by 1 billion by 2050. That’s crazy, but if the rate were to stay the same, our population would increase to an estimated 9 billion people by the year 2050. I can predict, at that point, life on earth for all species would change dramatically. This is because so much of what we do is magnified by chain reactions. What is a chain reaction? For example, by us humans burning fossil fuels, we continue to break down the ozone layer which leads to glaciers and the polar ice caps melting in the arctic. This finally leads to the death of polar bears because there isn’t any ice to live on and they can’t swim forever. What will happen to earth in the future is a mystery, but what we’ve done in the past, that’s history.