Our policies are discouraging live births. Our country is slowly dying. China had a 1 child policy I believe Kissinger played a role in that? They have moved to a 2 child policy, but some of the damage is done. I think if they can level off, they will be fine. Europe especially the Central, East and Southeast parts are having so little kids its actually worrying me. Similar with Taiwan, Japan, Singapore and all those type nations. The areas where I fear problems is India and Bangadesh.
They are still quite poor.
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They have toilet problems, they are one of the more packed populations. And finally Africa. They can probably handle double the population, but can they handle triple or more people? Europe, North America, Australia will look completely different. I have seen fertility rates fall from 3.
So how to stop these extremists in positions of power?
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Look up the worlds most populated cities, add up their population numbers, double it for folks living in the country around those cities. Its a ballpark figure, granted. But you may be surprised at the number, and maybe even question how in the heck can there be 7 billion people in the world. Never mind arguments that population could be sustainable in years to come.
It might be true that if everyone lived a modest lifestyle, the numbers are okay. Consumerism is deeply entrenched. Competition for non-essentials breeds enough discord in society, e. Water, for example. And this is before we began stretching the earth to breaking point. More people brings more suffering.
Because there are more people to suffer. And fewer resources for each of those people. I, myself, am religious. I spend much time in daily prayer and believe I have a relationship with God. But I do not believe that all teachings of the Bible are to be taken literally. And some that were, are not suitable for today. Because, plainly, people need to stop breeding. I was brought up in a family hostile to homosexuality, and when younger, this stained my opinions on homosexual relationships. But now I am conscious of our effects on the planet, I say, thank God for homosexuality. As for sterilisation…if only the UK had a financial incentive for males, like the Indian scheme cited here.
I am considering paying myself.
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To get the big picture, here are the simple facts most of us will agree on: 1. World population is increasing. It has been increasing more rapidly in the last years than in previous recorded history. Human-caused environmental problems are obvious to anyone who has the vaguest consciousness of what is happening in the world, and the rate of their increase correlates closely with population growth. If the present population were sustainable, number two would not be true. Any major social change will have some unfavorable consequences in the short term.
Population explosions are always limited by resource exhaustion, starvation, or other environmental pressures which reverse them, usually rapidly. If population growth reversal and shorter term environmental preservation efforts are unsuccessful, nature will take care of it. Which of the possible scenarios seems less conducive to human misery? Our numbers are the source of every environmental problem we face: ALL forms of pollution, war, hunger, resource depletion — especially clean drinkable water, and -most tragically of all, the scourge of the extinction of other species, which we did not create, and have absolutely no right to exterminate for our own benefit.
Your article reads like it is the usual drivel from certain religious organizations, revealing the primary argument against most organized religion! What complete and utter nonsense! There is no difference to being pro-life and pro-human. Man is made in the image of God, and as such is imbued with natural dignity. You are worried about extermination of animals, which is a worthy cause, but what about the extermination of humans? In India alone 15 million children are aborted every year. And this has not solved their pollution, hunger, etc.
Money is being ideologically allocated by the United Nations for population control that could have paid for electricity to thousands of villages, built thousands of clinics, brought them clean water, etc. These policies are also racist, because they are directed at areas like Asia and Africa and Latin America — population across the West has long been shrinking.
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Please see attached link. Regarding 2-child family policies, we would advise you to look at the drastic horrors this has produced in China, with forced abortions and sterilizations, infanticide, etc. Even China is now encouraging more children. Lynne, I totally agree with you, except — I do not read this article as pro human… running out of fresh drinking water is not pro human.
This article is pro-human-suffering. If more people were the answer, why is it we are having all these environmental issues with almost 8 Billion people on the earth. Why can we not recognize the sign of the times, we are over running the Earth. It is finite. The impending climate catastrophe is clear to most people by now, with intense wildfires, hurricanes, and falling agricultural production. Why is this important? We would respectfully disagree Rocio, and also suggest that you re-evaluate your statistics with regard to population growth.
Some places will be facing a demographic winter as the trend continues. All the millions thrown at Africans for population control methods have not helped the poor; they are merely smaller poor families facing the same poverty. Much of this is false , incorrect and taken out of context. The fact is in when we reach a population of 10 billion plus, we will be at the limits of the earths capacity to support the human population.
I personally believe by then we would have already exhausted out safe drinking water supply, there fore forcing large civil conflicts and mass war. War between governments, between governments and civilian populations, as well as wars between the classes.
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