Posted 3 months ago on Feb. 6, 2013, 7:42 p.m. EST by TrevorMnemonic
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I've been seeing this issue pushed more and more now. More recently it was pushed by Steve Irwin's daughter and her views were censored/re-worded in the article for the secretary of state's e-journal.
I do not want to discuss the censorship or the 2 party system in this forum post. I am simply using this example to show that the overpopulation topic is gaining momentum.
I would like to discuss the theory of over population. Where does it begin and where does it stop? What does it mean? What are solutions?
I worry if this topic were to become mainstream it could lead to a further rise of extremism. More specifically in the future, when the harsher effects of climate change occur, with intolerable heat waves, droughts, collapsing ecosystems, etc...
Obviously the best way to reduce fertility rates is through raising economic standards as it shows to be the best route, and that's without regulation on birth rates. The areas with the highest fertility rates are also the highest in poverty. But these higher poverty areas aren't always necessarily the highest contributors to pollution and consumption.
The replacement fertility rate is 2. Which means there is 1 child to replace each person, which would keep the population size the same. Some research has shown with continuing trends that in 75 years the population size will be about the same as it is now.
My thoughts on this issue - The safest way of dealing with this issue seems simple. Increase economic standards across the globe and solve the poverty issue as well as drastically change our oil and pollutant based economy. But will that be enough in regards to what the overpopulation theory suggests? This is where this gets tricky and why I would like a discussion on this topic.
Questions to ask yourself on this topic
Where does it begin and where does it stop? What does it mean? What are solutions?
Edit: more of my thoughts on this issue to clarify - One part of the overpopulation theory is that we are overpopulated in regards to the current way of life. Which means to continue living the way we do, oil/coal based/corporate takeover, means population size plays a dangerous factor, ie climate change. However the population size being a problem is indeed a myth if we were to change our lifestyle. This means lifestyle is the problem, not population size.