It’s not overpopulation that causes climate change, it’s over-consumption
“Of course, you might argue the world is already overpopulated. Given the way we plunder its resources, that seems so. But why do we blame the poor in Africa for having babies when the real issue is over-consumption closer to home? It is the ravenous demands of the rich world that is enlarging the human footprint on our planet – pumping greenhouse gases into the air, polluting the oceans, trashing forests and the rest. Any further rise in numbers of poor people will barely figure in that.”
Some argue that we should blame women for overpopulating the planet. But this is crazy. First, it takes two to tango. And second… procreation is a decision made between a woman and her doctor. The government has nothing to do with this.
Third and most importantly, in many parts of the world birth rates are declining.
NOT suffering from overpopulation. This is a convenient myth.
We are young, we humans beings… and it’s too early to write us off. Technology and population density are not the problems. War, greed and stupidity are the problems.
We can shut down the wars and hold the cons accountable by organizing, educating and agitating. This has been working across human history. When we stop the wars, our corporate “partners” will invest in peace.
“The only limits to creating a planet that future generations will be proud of are our imaginations and our social systems. In moving toward a better Anthropocene, the environment will be what we make it.”
“The world population is now estimated at 7.8 billion. But with current industrial technologies, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has estimated that the more than nine billion people expected by 2050 as the population nears its peak could be supported as long as necessary investments in infrastructure and conducive trade, anti-poverty and food security policies are in place. Who knows what will be possible with the technologies of the future? The important message from these rough numbers should be clear. There really is no such thing as a human carrying capacity. We are nothing at all like bacteria in a petri dish.”
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