Covid-19: Hollywood’s Blueprint

Human Population Control.
Simply put, it is altering the rate of growth of the human population. This is primarily accomplished by limiting a population’s birth rate, mostly as a response to factors like overpopulation. Thus far, the two most widely used forms of population control have been contraception and abortion. While the former has been adopted in many a country, the latter is a hotly contested topic the world over.

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Though famine and war have in the past reduced human population unintentionally (WWI & WWII), they are both extreme lines few people in power want to straddle. With Earth’s population almost at the 8 billion mark, many would think the conversation to control the Earth’s ballooning population started only recently… and by “recently” I mean from three decades ago.

Far from it.

From Plato (427BC – 347BC) to Ibn Khaldun (1332AD – 1406AD), this discussion has been thrown around between eras, but where some of these older discussions mostly sought to find the optimum population density for city planning, recent talks, as championed by Hollywood, seeks to wipe out chunks of the world’s population so the rest can live more comfortably.

In 1968, a US biologist and environmentalist, Paul R. Ehrlich published a book that made a strong case for the adoption of stringent population control policies. In his book, The Population Bomb, Paul Ehrlich likened the human population to cancer; treating only the symptom of human population would grant temporary reprieve from the problem. If the root cause, the cancer, is not cut off – with brutal and heartless decisiveness – the world would meet a grim fate.

His solution to the problem? Compulsory birth regulation through sterilization. Staple foods, along with the water supply would be “poisoned” with sterilant, with the antidote carefully rationed to produce the desired family and population size.

As twisted as that might sound today, back then Paul Ehrlich’s book was so convincing, the US government bought into the idea, influencing its policies in the late 60’s, leading into the 70’s.

Crazy right?

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However, after his book was published, the world’s population growth rate started a downward trend; from its 1968 peak of 2.09% to 1.09% in 2018. Make of that what you will.

On the other end of the spectrum, China’s approach to population control appeared to have been successful; at least according to the Chinese government officials. Introduced in 1980, the one-child policy was proposed to lessen the social and economic problems of China. Under this policy, couples were discouraged from having more than one child, with non-compliance often resulting in fines. Extreme cases, according to unofficial reports, cite forced abortions and sterilizations.

Though the government ended the program in 2016 (after operating for 35 years), with couples allowed two children, the Chinese government estimated around 400 million births were prevented during that period.

Achievement Unlocked.

Now, Hollywood has for the past decade (and then some) used its “big screen” platform to push interesting but specific themes in its movies; Human Population Control. Culling out significant portions of the population in order to ensure the survival of humanity and mother Earth.

“Natural resources are dwindling, the world is headed towards collapse, humans are doing their absolute best to kill our beautiful blue planet. What can we do about that?”

Does that sound familiar?

I just gave you the plot a lot of blockbuster movies in Hollywood have recycled often this past decade. From the hugely popular Avengers: Infinity War/Endgame, to the bland and rather anaemic Inferno, Hollywood has for the greater part of the just-ended decade been pushing movies that force viewers to consider overpopulation as a threat to humanity and our way of life.

The main villains from the aforementioned movies, Thanos and Bertrand Zobrist, share similar goals; sacrificing half of the world’s population in order to fix the world and/or bring balance.
As dark and inherently twisted these villains might seem, they execute their plans with unyielding conviction, believing themselves chosen for the “righteous crusade”.
Indeed, they are evil but they have accepted sometimes you need to crack more than a few eggs to make an omelette.

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“You were going to bed hungry, scrounging for scraps. Your planet was on the brink of collapse. I’m the one who stopped that. You know what’s happened since then? The children born have known nothing but full bellies and clear skies. It’s a paradise.” – Thanos


I have for the longest time held the belief that the higher ups in Hollywood just want to feed their blueprint of “extermination” to an individual or group of people crazy enough to follow through; to bring balance.

Why put out so many movies in that vein if you secretly don’t wish for it to happen?

When 11,323 people died from the Ebola epidemic of 2014, the devastation left in its wake was gut-wrenching and brutal; Lives taken, families shattered. Although a lot of conspiracy theorists believed the virus was reintroduced to “thin out” the African population, I think anyone following Hollywood’s plan would have favoured a global rollout.

Thank God that didn’t happen though. At least not with Ebola.

Fast-forward a few years however and we have a situation that could easily have been a Hollywood movie, if Contagion didn’t already exist.

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Enter the CORONAVIRUS.

Since its discovery in Wuhan (China) back in December 2019, the virus has invaded virtually every country on Earth and has killed tens of thousands of people. Though not as deadly as Ebola, the Coronavirus has a tighter grip on the world right now.
The near-universal lockdown imposed across countries has all but frozen the world in place. Whiles this lockdown aims to flatten the curve and restrict the spread of the disease, something some struggle obeying, the world has been utilizing this time of human “inactivity” to detoxify itself.

The skies are clearer because there are less vehicles on the roads, less smoke-spewing factories in operation and generally less people burning stuff – especially in Africa and India.
These changes have invariably made the air cleaner in cities that observe the lockdown.

Waterbodies are cleaner and clearer now because there are less boats and ships churning up dirt in the water – though I cannot say the same for the rivers in Ghana suffering the effects of illegal gold mining. The reduced activity might provide some needed respite for the creatures within from overfishing.

With almost everyone indoors, the streets are freer now. If people do leave home, they can rest easy knowing they won’t be stuck in traffic, breathing in fumes or suffering through the constant car horns.

Though these changes don’t measure up to Hollywood’s standards, they illustrate the impact we’ve had on the planet. A lot of the movies advocating for stringent population control believe there are no alternate methods.

While the Coronavirus has dealt a heavy blow, the world’s response to fighting it has proven we can take care of ourselves and Earth at the same time. We kinda found the balance.
Too bad we needed a pandemic to see it… but as we wait for the cure and the inevitable economic fallout, we can at least take the good with the bad.

The Failures of A.M.A and the EPA

In September of 2015, a massive scandal hit the automotive industry that sent shockwaves around the world, but somehow, a great(er) portion of Africa felt nothing. The diesel versions of Volkswagen (VW) cars cheated emission tests by spewing out clean(er) test results… thus, fooling authorities into allowing these cars roam the streets as though they were indeed environmentally-friendly. It’s no secret that diesel vehicles have always produced more pollutants than their petrol counterparts.

The increase in the car population, and the need for more fuel-efficient cars, which diesel cars have down to a science, has pushed manufacturers to explore creative ways to beat the system, amid growing reports of a steady increase in global pollution. Making money and fulfilling a perceived need is, by and large, the reason companies exist… so who are we to judge when VW breaks some rules, right? Especially when other companies practically made the rule book.

 

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It turns out what VW did was a big No-No, so aside lawsuits and sanctions, VW had to recall all affected cars. This cost them billions of dollars and invariably, hurt their brand image as well.

So, whiles the rest of the world was reeling from this shock, and rightly so, countries in Africa (save for South Africa) could do nothing about it.
Days turned to weeks, and weeks into months, but the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (A.M.A) and VW dealerships in my country – Ghana – stayed mute about this serious environmental issue, which didn’t just affect Europe and America, but Africa too. Every single day I would see “defective” VW vehicles roaming the streets of Ghana and wonder if the drivers cared even a little about the environment they were killing.

But alas, why blame them?
They are just unwitting consumers driving around in cars that should have complied with every regulation… but don’t. I cannot in good conscience blame “innocent” consumers, but I will throw a lot of blame on the A.M.A, EPA and VW.

When a scandal that big hits, a press release is rolled out to all media platforms; the first phase of damage control. The local and international authorities then follow suit in order to assure the concerned public the matter has been flagged under “very important”.
Well, let’s assume the organizations in Ghana at the time of the VW Emissions scandal had more pressing issues to deal with, because when the scandal hit, we got nothing from them.

I guess the health and welfare of Africans does not matter as much as those in Europe and America.

VW, the mastermind behind the disaster, funny enough, can rest a little easy knowing that a lot of their “defective” cars in Ghana were not sold through their licensed dealerships, but shipped from different countries by individuals or unauthorized road-side dealerships.
Press VW hard enough and trust that lawyers would crawl out of the woodwork to pull out an incomprehensible clause that would compel VW to only deal with customers who bought cars through the authorized dealerships.
That’s how international conglomerates operate.

For A.M.A and EPA though, we cannot give them such a long leash… but to even think they would crack down on the VW scandal when it happened was incredibly naive on my part.
Why?
If A.M.A and EPA, after all these years can’t put a handle on the chimney-smoke-spewing cars polluting the air, what the heck can they do about a bunch of VW’s killing us slowly with invisible air?

 

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Ever-present… ready to tag your uncompleted building in red paint.

 

From green to black smoke, one can’t go a day in Ghana without seeing all manner of vehicles sputtering out toxic smoke. As if making us wheeze ain’t enough, vehicular fumes contain a boatload of hazardous pollutants that have been identified and listed by… wait for it… the EPA. No! That isn’t the EPA in Ghana, but does that matter? Shouldn’t they all be as active and vigilant irrespective of location?
They have slowly adopted the Ghanaian mentality; it ain’t my problem if someone else can solve it.

So, how do these smokey cars pass through the Roadworthy test and come out with a seal of approval? Beats my mind.
But, according to Regulation 33 in the Road Traffic Offences Regulations (1974 LI 952),
No person shall drive a motor vehicle which emits exhaust fumes in such quantities
as to be a hazard or annoyance to road users or pedestrians.
There you have it; it’s actually very illegal to drive around town in a smokey vehicle, yet the police pay no mind, ever ready on the other hand to take off their authority for a measly Gh¢5 or less.

There are so many cars in Accra, and so much traffic as a result… forcing us to sit still and inhale the unholy concoction of chemicals these cars happily cough out for our enjoyment.
We risk lung cancer, headaches, runny eyes and other serious diseases if this issue is not tackled and/or resolved.

The A.M.A and EPA are effectively powerless against this and yet claim to defend our environment. How could they, when they can’t even shutdown a single factory endangering the lives of people living in the La Dadekotopon Municipality of the Greater Accra Region. Edisaw Company Ltd, the factory in question, has been oppressing the unlucky people living in close proximity with thick clouds of smoke. The EPA shut them down in February of 2018 only to have Edisaw spring up again two weeks later. This remarkable display of ineptitude has unsurprisingly, forced the residents affected by the manufacturing processes of Edisaw to sue the EPA and Municipal Assembly for failing – rather disastrously – at their jobs.

 

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It is easy to lay down the rules but hard to put into practice, isn’t it?

 

I hope they win the lawsuit; too long have Ghanaians been content with mediocrity.
We’d rather talk about troops invading our country than fix the broken infrastructure every government in power promises to rectify.

The inter-connectivity of government agencies ensures that, when one arm fails, the rest will all fall short.

But Wait! Ghanaians burn rubbish all the time, so what’s new right?
AH! God Bless Ghana.

If there isn’t a fundamental change in how we deal with these half-competent entities, they will always chop our monies, hide in expensive houses and fail us every single time.