Uber the world’s largest taxi firm owns no cars. Facebook the largest and most popular media company creates no content. Alibaba fills more shelves than any other retailer, yet they carry no stock. And Airbnb the world’s largest provider of accommodation owns no hotels.
It could be argued that this is just smart business from these companies and with a combined estimated value of $679 billion, I don’t think they are in it for the sharing aspect. However this has also been born from the collective demand for sharing.
The ideas put forward by Uber, Facebook, Alibaba and Airbnb could be collectively organised by humanity for a global community of shared resources and ideas. Ideally this would be done with the current infrastructure, as to build a new one would be a mammoth (but not impossible) task.
Are We Are Overpopulated?
Consider these facts-
Raising animals for food (including land used for grazing and land used to grow feed crops) now uses a staggering 30% of the Earth’s land mass. (Livestock’s Long Shadow: Environmental Issues and Options, a 2006 report published by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization) One Green Planet
Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted. FAO.Org
Approximately 3.5 million people in the U.S. are homeless. It is worth noting that, at the same time, there are 18.6 million vacant homes in the country. True Activist
Developed Land- Only 66 million acres are considered developed lands. This amounts to 3 percent of the land area in the U.S., yet this small land base is home to 75 percent of the population. In general, urban lands are nearly useless for biodiversity preservation. Furthermore, urbanized lands, once converted, usually do not shift to another use. Western Watershed
So while there are claims we are overpopulated or on our way to overpopulation, it seems that it is more of a lifestyle, waste and distribution problem than anything else.
Currently we are living within a fear based society, which is in total imbalance and based on “lack of” resources, when in fact the “lack of” is totally illusory and based upon the global capitalist structure which gives the impression of a free market. The reality is this system enables a very small group of extremely wealthy people to control resources and dominate everything, while an extremely large group of people fight over the scarce resources not owned by this elite group.
The metaphorical power plug to this is the financial system and between money, resources and religion you can see the roots of all pain, suffering and disbalance on the planet.
This system is not built to last and has an expiry date, due to the fact that debt grows by the day, resources diminish by the hour and the holy books being fought over have an overriding and very similar message of peace, love and harmony at their core.
The corporate machine that dominates is based on continual growth in profits, and while things can continually grow in the right circumstances, it cannot be at the detriment of the majority of the planet and based on something as illusory as money.
We as the people are currently empowering this system, and moving towards a new one, is to my understanding a very delicate process that could end badly should we not take the right steps.
A revolution is needed, but the stereotypical idea of groups of people starting fires, wearing anonymous masks and bringing the bankers to their knees, is going to create a collapse. Should this happen we will be the ones without water, food and electricity- resulting in the continued fight in which poor people fight with one another over scarce resources that rich people continue to control.
To do this we would need to change the paradigms of the current system and convince the people in these positions of power that they need to change, and while this may seem unrealistic to many, we empower the current system.
While petitions, marches and bringing light to the actions of these people serves its place, the evolution of this revolution comes through organised boycotts, unified action and the people demanding change. Between the UK and the USA the military spend is over $800 billion for 2017, we do not have to pick up this tab for overpriced, immoral and unnecessary military action and with collective action we can stop paying for this.
We could certainly learn something from companies such as Uber and Airbnb, and should we use similar ideas (just not in a business sense) to organise resource sharing we could move towards a more localised and sustainable systems that serves us all.
I am Luke Miller the author of this article and creator of Potential For Change. I like to blend psychology and spirituality to help you create more happiness in your life.Grab a copy of my free 33 Page Illustrated eBook- Psychology Meets Spirituality- Secrets To A Supercharged Life You Control Here