The landscape is barren. Think Easter Island. Over 98% of the country, including the mountainous areas, has been deforested. Eleven million people live on this small pile of rocks.
Globally, we're in a Great Extinction Event. The mess is most evident in places like Haiti and Africa, but our reaction is to send some food, medical aid and UN troops. It seems like the root of the problem, overpopulation, will be ignored until we reach a point at which no technology will be able to save our interconnected bacon. If we haven't already reached it.
Put birth control pills in the food, and water.
Yes population numbers is the problem and there is no getting away from it. Is there an acceptable way to not just stabilise but reduce the population? The Chinese 1 child per woman policy definitely works as with a fertility of 1.54 and world position 183 out of 225 compares with India, 2.65 and position 81. Of the countries with relatively large populations Japan, 1.2 and position 221 is lowest. Afghanistan is the highest non African country at 5.5 in position 13. The top 12 for fertility are all African headed by Niger at 7.68. It is hard to see the Chinese method working outside of Totalitarian regimes for third world countries but what explains Japan? Generally first world countries have steady to negative population growth and are in the lower half with new Zealand and USA having the highest at 2.09, 2.06 and positions 122, 125 respectively. It could be speculated that affluence and education influences first world citizens to be more conscious of the financial consequences of too many children, especially when the relative higher fertility of poorer than average ethnic minorities, e.g. ~3.0 for Hispanics in USA is taken into account.
Further research shows literacy rates in India for women in 2002 were 48% and in China 87%. In Niger the figure is only about 10%. I’m no statistician but the inverse correlation between female literacy rates and fertility can’t be a coincidence! So is the answer to the planets population problem to convert some of the food aid to third world countries into education?
I have to admit when I started to write this I had no answer except some kind of draconian concept like China’s solution. Could the answer be as simple as better education???
Education would be the answer if we had time, resources and cooperation. We don't. So war, famine and all the other natural brick walls will solve the problem.
It is this drive, this basic instinct to reproduce and the subsequent overabundance of humans that will force our hand to go to the stars....
its all part of evolution isn't it? Hell its why we left Africa for Europe, Europe for the Americas and next earth for the stars.
I do choose to be positive.
Yes we may all go up in smoke prior to earthly pressure pushing us to the stars. But if this happens another life form will replace us and continue with the evolutionary struggle for the stars.....
I think the likelihood is still on our side that we won't kill ourselves off but probably only in the 60:40 range.
Not sure why i chose these numbers, just like the way they look....