Any discussion about environmental problems that does not include an effort to stop human population growth and ultimately reduce the population to levels far less than that of today is a waste of time. There are 6 1/2 billion humans on Earth now, and that alone is a serious cause of pollution, habitat destruction, loss of biodiversity, and wars.In addition to this, we must reeducate the people not to be so materialistic, and make sure that multi-national corporations no longer have so much political influence around the world!
Given that science tells us that the sun will die, and the earth long before that, together with successive generations of life…and um, not to mention myself, long before that…why should I care?
You should care because population control is a favorite subject of the liberal left. If you want to be part of this group, then you must comply with the collective groupthink. To be unconcerned places you on the conservative right, we can’t have that now can we? Not on this blog anyway.
(Dale Husband: Nice of you to smear the obvious facts with that ridiculous “liberal left/conservative right” dichotomy which is only prejudicial and inflammatory. Facts have no political bias, they simply are. It is what you do with them that makes the difference. And what good have conservatives really done about the problem, anyway? Anything? Anywhere?)
According to Wikipedia “Globally, the growth rate of the human population has been declining since peaking in 1962 and 1963 at 2.20% per annum. In 2009 the estimated annual growth rate was 1.1%. The actual annual growth in the number of humans fell from its peak of 88.0 million in 1989, to a low of 73.9 million in 2003, after which it rose again to 75.2 million in 2006. Since then, annual growth has declined. In 2009 the human population increased by 74.6 million, and it is projected to fall steadily to about 41 million per annum in 2050, at which time the population will have increased to about 9.2 billion”
Over-population is a problem which has already been solved.
(Dale Husband: Not if the population is still growing at all, and most of the growth is still in the parts of the world that can least afford it. It is indeed the efforts of the left that have slowed it and the denial and opposition of the right that impedes our efforts. Which only proves how worthless your politics is and always has been.)