This is the elephant in the room. This is the taboo subject that even most environmentalists won’t discuss. And yet, all of the other severe problems facing humanity stem from this one issue. We may discuss carbon footprint, but not the number of feet. We may discuss the risk of thermonuclear war but not the population pressure that increases both the size and severity of warfaring. We may discuss poverty and starvation but not the fact that reducing population automatically reduces poverty.
Please join in the Global Population Speak Out.
Why is it that we can discuss all of the symptoms of severe human overpopulation but not the root cause?
Is it religion? That is certainly an issue. There’s the misunderstanding in thinking that god said “be fruitful and multiply” when what s/he really said was “be useful and multiplex”. OK, I’m joking on this last bit, of course, being an atheist.
However, religion is probably not the whole picture. People are horrified by China’s one-child-per-family law. Even people who are not religious are often horrified by this. Even I have strong feelings against it and am an atheist and misanthrope. There has to be a better way. Right?
Of course, right.
However, in order to have a rational discourse on how to reduce human population in even the free societies of the world, we must actually start with a discussion. As yet, this is not happening. We still consider the entire topic to be taboo. If we do not discuss this topic and work toward peacefully and voluntarily finding ways to limit human population, it will be limited for us … and with a tremendous amount of pain and suffering.
Already, we have seen the world’s first Malthusian conflict, in Rwanda. Though this is controversial, it is the opinion of a mainstream, Pulitzer Prize winning anthropologist.
Already, we have seen the first climate change conflict, in Darfur. Though this too is an opinion, it is the opinion of the Secretary General of the United Nations. Climate change is not technically a problem of overpopulation. However, is there a reader out there who thinks that climate change would be an issue today if there were just 6 million people on the planet rather than 6 billion? Perhaps.
Perhaps I should avoid getting too sidetracked on climate change, however. The main topic of this post is still overpopulation.
So, who out there can name a major problem facing humanity as a whole today that would still be a major problem if the global human population were 6 million people instead of 6 billion?
Good luck. And, please talk about overpopulation with your friends and family. We need to make this a normal and mainstream topic for discussion.
And, if you’re considering breeding, please take the following test to see whether your intelligence level qualifies you.