The striking thing, and it could be how the quotes are represented but even Mary doesn’t knock it off the agenda, but more concerned to the selling of the idea of population control.
The Malthusians are misguided and are out of control. They preach a self-centered ideology that is based on a flawed concept of life and universe. Their characteristic rational manifests itself as state imposed misery via TAXES and banal regulations. No room or flair for life. No we must eradicate its incursion on ours more precious.
The constant cry “there is not enough for us all” is a false cry, a wolf calling boy. The truth of their rhetoric is “there is not enough for all of some of us”.
I also note that Mr Turner has five children. All being trustifarians no doubt. I am sure their global resources footprint would be equal to many many thousands of those third world babies he thinks we dont need.
So who is going to support the One Baby generation in China in their old age?
It is utterly disgusting to hear rich western people talking like this Have they never seen the equation
I = PAT, which can be used to demonstrate it is not population thats the problem, its affluence and technology.
Reminds me a lot of the green party’s misguided policies. We need a proper technocracy where decisions are based on solid scientific principles, not the newest illconcieved meme
Just based upon the mathematics, population control is necessary.
Heading to 7 billion and beyond, there will come a point at which starvation is inevitable.
However, bar a draconian system such as China, implementation is near to impossible.
Also, human history has little to no evidence of planning to avoid such a disaster.
This combination will result in the obvious - mass starvation in countries which have explosive population growth.
The usual suspects will be hit - Sub-Saharan Africa and poor Asian countries including India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Humans will be subject to the old Fox and Chicken graph.
But it will be Humans and Food/other resources.
have a look at the wikilink I posted above, it might clarify things. For instance a western house cat needs something like an acre of land to keep it going, much more than families of humans in poor countries. What matters is the resources consumed rather than population numbers.
How about this for the population control facists: theres a place where they have western standards of fertility, literacy and life expectancy and still live on under a dollar a day. Their impact must be tiny by western standards, and I think its from places like this that the next civilization will dawn
If you have a boring job, this is well worth a read today. They definitely look at the world differently there, but then again they have a nice climate, they can afford to sit around in Sari’s all day and talk about postmodernist indian film trends
I think getting rid of support for single mothers would do in most of Western World. Removing CB would be other idea.
What combination? What if their population would channel into producing goods and services that can be exchanged by food? Are families larger in poorer countries or are countries poorer when families are larger?
I could not argue that closed feedback loops do exist, but mathematics has limited applicability in reality. I’m suspicious if this very regular graph would hold true, as food chains are much more complicated.
it would be nice if we could manage and limit population growth trends without dictating who should be sterilized. The best way to do this is education (ref Hans rosling: he’s got lots of videos on TED.com, which are quite interesting). Education and subsequent rise from poverty causes fertility rates to drop like a stone. The Example I gave above about Kerala is an excellent example. The problem I think Rosling doesn’t see is that by doing so, these societies get contaminated by western industrialization and consumerism and all the unsustainable living habits that come along with it, unless they can repel it by assuming an opposing ideaology like the Keralans did. The bottom line is that it’s Capitalism probably has a lot to answer for, with its polarization of wealth, private property rights, enslavement of the bovine population etc, but its also probably an unstoppable force.