Population Growth: Addressing the Real Problem

"Getting people to produce fewer babies - they already are - is a far less important challenge than getting them to consume and produce energy more rationally. It is time we worried more about rich people driving luxury cars than poor people having more babies."

"In conclusion getting people to produce fewer babies - they already are - is a far less important challenge than getting them to consume and produce energy more rationally. Now this is not to say we should do nothing about population growth. However the principal arguments for reducing birth rates are no longer environmental.

"The improvement of female education,

"reduction of infant mortality and

"dismantling of reactionary religious attitudes

"are desirable in themselves and will inevitably lead to significant long term reductions in fertility. The promotion of the demographic transition around the world is a necessary one on simple humanitarian grounds, and recent trends indicate that this is being very successful. The same cannot be said about our attempts to limit greenhouse gas emissions."

Recommended Reading

Peoplequake by Fred Pearce

Population 10 Billion by Danny Dorling

Why population policy will not solve climate change by Barry Brook

The Unprecedented Shift in Japan’s Population: Numbers, Age, and Pr... by Vaclav Smil

Getting Better by Charles Kenny

Are there too many people on the planet? by Peter Kareiva

Data Sources

United Nations Population Division

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