Issues of the environment we live in have been cascading around my noggin relentlessly for the past few weeks. Climate change, pollution, water conservation, super germs, etc. etc. .......... etc. By extension poverty, homelessness, war, terrorism, obesity, Obama etc.
You Know, the usual stuff.
All this seems to be fairly confounding to me. The planet's scientific collective are not really in any sort of agreement on whether this stuff is really happening. All our best noggins cannot come up with a solution to what may or may not be happening in the most conclusive and simple of the world's issues.
Should I be using solar power? Is the only way to save the world to live in a cardboard box and survive off catching carbon neutral insects? Am I destroying the planet by flying to my enviromentalsit march in a jet?
I'm finding this difficult to phrase properly. What i'm trying to articulate is that these problems are all fairly insubstantial in our minds. We don't really understand them, understand whether they are true or understand what we should do about them. We certainly don't have the willpower or conviction, (understandably in the public and the scientific communities understanding) to change our lives in any siginifigant way.
We are clutching at straws with these issues.
Then I got to thinking about another issue that seems to have slipped out of the limelight: population growth.
Our world currently contains bout 6 bill people. Thats quite a few. I live in New Zealand, where the problem seems fairly insignifigant, my city has about 400,000 of the population of 5 million, which is inci winci teeny weeny compared to somewhere like Tokyo, Japan with 12 million in one city the size of mine. I still find it damn hard to get around a mall on christmas eve.
The great thing about population growth is that its extremely tangible, extremely simple and easy enough to work out in your head.
1 couple contains 2 people. If 1 couple gives berth to 6 children, that can be rationalised as 1 person becomming 3.
If every couple had 6 children then the worlds population would treble in one generation.
All the problems described above are essentially caused by people in one way or another. Humans are essentially destined to do a certain amount of damage to the world just by existing. If we triple the population we triple the things that are wrong.
I don't think its fair on the rest of the world to have four kids, by doing this you are essentially saying "It's ok for the population to increase from 6 to 12 billion in one lifetime." That's not ok. Its not fair on anybody.
In summation-dump petrol in the sea for all I care, but have 2 kids instead of 3.
17th June 2002
Birth rates in the Western world are actually dwinding, hence all of the people terrified of the prospect of "dem Muslims comin' over and takin' our jobs!" in twenty years time. Despite having fewer people than the rest of the world in general, and being faced with the prospect of that gap rising quickly as the baby boomers drop dead one at a time, we still pollute more than the rest of the world. Every generation, people scream about the world being overpopulated, about how mother nature is unable to cope and we'll soon be dying off due to resource shortages. Every generation, people underestimate the advancement of technology in solving those problems. Right now it's fossil fuels expiring that we should be worried about - that's going to severely damage our society long before global warming or overpopulation manifest themselves, if they even do.
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15th March 2005
snabbler;4799156If every couple had 6 children then the worlds population would treble in one generation.
The population would treble, eh?
This is more of an issue for countries like China, India, Bangladesh, etc, where overpopulation is actually a problem.
Voice of joy and sunshine
26th May 2003
Just keeping the population the size it is won't solve the problem.
Overpopulation isn't a problem. Yet. There's still quite abit of space, and places like Greenland and Antarctica still doesn't have alot of people living there.
Actually from some old studies - beat me if I could find them - a stable human population could range somewhere around 12 billion. Space itself isn't that much of an issue. The actual issue is a dispensing of resources. And this or lack thereof leads to overpopulation problems or symptoms that we know.
i thought western country have few population than eastern country well at least based on the land area..
in other words, condoms are good for the planet Earth.
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15th March 2005
Serio;4799243Overpopulation isn't a problem.
lol please visit some Asian countries and revise your statement.