The popular Green blog inspired by James Cameron’s Avatar movie has posted an article asking if it’s time to take “extreme measures” to reduce the world’s population.
The article begins by saying that there are too many people, but that simply killing off unnecessary people can “seem elitist” and perhaps even cruel to some, even though in theory at least, this is an efficient approach:
‘There are too many of us already, and we must not let our numbers grow even further beyond what Earth’s resources can provide. If we want to keep/improve our current standard of living, those who are able should take precautions.
A few of the more extreme ideas (i.e. killing off “unnecessary” members of a population), while theoretically efficient, seem elitist and unnecessarily drastic and cruel from a human standpoint.
“From a human standpoint” only you understand – from an ecocentric or Gaiain viewpoint, it might be a very different matter. The article takes it as read that there are “too many” people being born:
The total world population will reach about 9 billion in the year 2042, up from the documented 6 billion in 1999. Over 43 years, that’s a 50% increase, or an additional 3 billion people. That’s simply too many!
Some world governments presently have population limitation programs in place (China), or are developing new forms of contraception.
Wow! China – with it’s forced sterilizations and heavily pregnant women being dragged off for involuntary abortions? Is it that bad? Apparently it is:
I think it’s almost becoming a necessity at this point. It’s pretty evident by now that we’ve gone beyond a sustainable population.
I love the way this article is framed as a question, but really is more of a statement. “Should we take extreme measures” it asks, and then states that “it’s almost becoming a necessity at this point”. They’re not recommending extreme measures, you understand, merely discussing it. Yeah, right.