Population

Reading these blogs you see a lot of issues facing our planet from people are generally arguing for a more environmentally friendly future of some kind or at least identifying some areas that need to change. I purpose a solution to these problems that some might consider against their religion or downright raciest.

There are too many people on this planet I just looked at that population counter they have and it’s about to move from 6.7 to 6.8 that a hell of a lot of people. A lot of the problem we face from managing our food, running out of fossil fuel, desertification, poverty, water scarcity, over fishing and climate change its self are all in a large part due to there being too many people either just trying to survive or live like Americans.

I am not so extreme that I think we should start killing the weak I only purpose that we need population control, in china they have done this and they have become the economical metrical of the century. Now I know there are a lot of issues and feelings around this but the truth is we cannot pretend this not the biggest problem facing humanity today.

I have attached a video of Jane Goodall who put the point across far better than me.

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4 comments on “Population
  1. Population and resources are logically correlated. The limited population control of China allows them to be more sustainable right now, but there is one underlying threat in their pension schemes.
    How to support the old in a declining population? However, this is still no comparison to some European countries as the Chinese fertility rate (1.54) is higher than the Spain (1.31) for instance.

  2. sovington says:

    the problems that china will face as its population ages will be small in comparison to the problem they would be facing if there population was 2 billion and dirt poor

  3. katemul181 says:

    I think the problem is that some parts of the world, such as Europe, will start suffering from underpopulation while other parts of the world like Africa and Asian countries will continue growing at an unsustainable rate. The only thing is that its going to be really hard to regulate the amount of children that people are allowed to have with laws. Think the best option is education, so that people understand the risks the world face and make an informed choice instead.

  4. shaneennis says:

    Personally I think this is one of the most important issues that must be discussed concerning sustainability (even if it is somewhat of a taboo). I’ve recently been reading a book by John Gray (Gray’s Anatomy – Selected Writings) which deals with a number of green sustainability issues, and while I don’t agree with all of the points made by him, I think his take on the issue of population is very insightful. According to Gray “The neo-Malthusian commitment to the control of the human population…. is indenspensible to any policy seeking to avert regional and global ecological degradation and the idea that market institutions and heir matrices, civil societies, can flourish, or even hope to survive in a world of rapidly, but unevenly increasing populations is in truth sheer frenzy”. This view is based on some of the staggering figures produced by the United Nations in the area of climate control: for example although the current population of the Earth is 5.5 billion and the growth rate in many Western countries has been declining over recent decades, it is estimated that by 2050 the population will have reached 10 billion.

    Obviously the majority of the population growth is expected to arise from developing nations. This poses a number of problems for global sustainability. Firstly it is almost certain that these national economies will make the transition from their current economic models based around craft style production and agriculture into the fossil fuel intensive (and natural capital depleting) industrialised economic model. This issue of natural capital depletion arising from rapidly increasing birth rates is a central point in Gray’s argument for population control. He notes that in order to feed the growing worldwide population already precious and rare forests will most certainly have to be converted into farmland; a process which will not only increase desertification in certain parts of the world, but also permanently eliminate the natural services often by the organisms living in the biosphere of the world few remaining forests (Gray notes that this will primarily lead to increased levels of CO2 in Earths atmosphere, however given the rich diversity of the organisms inhabiting these areas the true cost of deforestation may not be known until afterwards).

    In order to prevent population control there have been a number of theories put forward, possibly the most radical of which is proposed by Edward Wilson where there would be “universal access by women to the means of controlling their fertility, abandonment of the belief that there is a natural right to have as many children as you like, and a basic shift in attitudes to the environment in which it is accepted that our gate and that of the rest of the world are inseparably linked”. However I think there is a fundamental weakness in plans such as these in that they fail to account for cultural dimensions which are associated with population growth. For example one of the single largest growing demographics in the world is the Muslim population which for religious purposes (much like the Catholic Church for example) generally opposes population control (contraception etc.), and even promoting education concerning planned parenting may be a problem in this regard.

    Therefore while I certainly agree with the argument that population control is one of the major sustainability issues the world needs to address as a whole, I’m just a little confused over how changes could be implemented in the parts of the world that are estimated to grow the most rapidly.

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