Artist Arne Hendriks believes he’s found a viable solution to the planets environmental woes. He would like to shrink people.
Artist Arne Hendriks believes he’s found a viable solution to the planet's environmental woes. He would like to shrink people.
Not personally, but he suggests that if somebody created some sort of slow growth serum that made people smaller then there wouldn’t be as much strain on the planet’s available resources.
Hendriks points out that if humans were only about 20 inches tall, a mere 2 to 5 percent of the currently used amount of resources would be needed.
A chicken could feed one hundred people and the average family could dine to their content on a guinea pig.
Plus, urban areas would be able to accommodate the world’s entire population, leaving all of the other land free for farming.
Of course, getting to the goods and transporting them back would be a problem, as people would have to switch from driving SUVs to Barbie Power Wheels cars.
Even though the plan is in its speculative stages, Hendriks believes it has a chance. According to him, people are already fascinated by the idea of being small.
He cites classics like Gulliver’s Travels and Honey I Shrunk the Kids as evidence of humankind’s intrigue with being tiny.
What do you think? Would us being tiny help our planet?