By Scott Pelley, January 1, 2023 / 7:29 PM / CBS News
See video at source… 60 Minutes – Newsmakers
In what year will the human population grow too large for the Earth to sustain?
The answer is about 1970, according to research by the World Wildlife Fund. In 1970, the planet’s 3 and a half billion people were sustainable. But on this New Year’s Day, the population is 8 billion.
We’re going to show you a possible solution, but first, have a look at how humanity is already suffering from the vanishing wild.
In Washington state, the Salish Sea helped feed the world.
Dana Wilson: With this weather and the way things feel once I get out here, it’s time to be fishing, that’s what it feels like.
Commercial fisherman Dana Wilson supported a family on the Salish Sea’s legendary wealth of salmon. He remembers propellers churning the water off blaine, washington and cranes straining for the state’s 200 million dollar annual catch.
Dana Wilson: That used to be a buying station, they’re gone now, they don’t buy anymore. So, that building over there used to buy salmon, they don’t buy salmon anymore, it’s just not here.