Yep. It's all human greed. Uhhh, didn't the great loving sky father makes us that way? And made the earth with finite resources so people would get desperate, sorry, greedy
, and fight over land, water, minerals, etc?
I am not saying that there are not greedy people, who want more than their fair share. But what is a fair share of the earth's resources? If the resources were shared equitably, everyone on the planet would be able to have a living standard about that of the average person in China.
That is, a lower middle class lifestyle with a several generations living in a small apartment of 3 or 4 rooms, electricity for only part of the day, limited running hot water, space heaters and fans for cooling, a small tv, a phone, a motorcycle, a couple of bikes, a few appliances, a few changes of clothes per person, and a very basic diet with some protein every day.
Every inch of arable land used for producing food--buh-bye big lawns and parks. Public transportation, not private vehicles. Laundromat for communal clothes washing. Lots of food prepared from scratch.
Not a lot of leisure time, because everything from getting to the market to preparing a meal would take a lot longer. Everyone could have basic medical care, especially for younger people, but not much high tech intervention or expensive end of life stuff. You get to be 80 or 90 and whatever disease you get, that's it for you. No surgery for stuff like big noses or wrinkles. No liposuction, diet plans or home workout rooms, but with all the walking and hauling, people won't be overweight. And that would be about it.
That lifestyle might be indefinitely sustainable-- as long as the whole world follows strict population controls, like a max of two children per couple.
Nobody in the world would be able to live like the average US family, with large apartment or houses, as many children as the couple wants to have, separate rooms for different activities, grandma in a nursing home, several motor vehicles, several computers, printer, copier, several tvs, lots of kitchen appliances (coffee maker, microwave, toaster, mixer, blender, etc) convenience foods, washer and dryer, central heat and air, and of course, a security system and/or a firearm or two to protect all that stuff.
So, China's living standard okay with all the religious folks here who are concerned about human greed? That is what your god made the earth to handle. Except we in the US don't want to live like the Chinese. We have far more than our share and we want it to stay that way, don't we? But since Jesus is coming back soon anyway, why not buy another SUV?
Yes. Communist China is sustainable, as long as they don't become greedy
and get busy consuming the planet like US people. Whoops! Too late!