No. There is no overpopulation problem. There’s an over-consumption problem, a racism problem, a blaming-the-poor problem.
What countries are responsible for the most environmental damage? The wealthy countries, with low population growth rates.
What countries are responsible for exponential resource depletion? The wealthy countries. The US, for example, has 5% of the world’s population and consumes 25-30% of the world’s resources, and contributes 30% of the world’s greenhouse gases.
The population growth rate is slowing down, and we will reach our peak in approximately 2050, at 9 billion. There is enough food produced right now to feed that many people.
People aren’t starving because of our population. The environment isn’t being destroyed because of population. So why are we blaming our problems on population? The only reason I can think of is to lift the blame from the wealthy nations, from ourselves. Treat people in the Third World like over-breeding cattle who can’t think for themselves. Force sterilisation on unwilling women. Breathe a sigh of guilty relief when a few of those cattle die from a natural disaster (that was most likely caused by global warming, a problem created by industrialised nations).
Stop playing the anti-PC game: You know, the one where you claim that anybody who suggests being humane and looking at facts is just being “politically correct.”
I’m glad some of you found solace in the fact that the OP feels the same way you do. Just know that that doesn’t make you any more of a moral person.
Andrea Smith has some amazing stuff on this very topic in her book, Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide. A few choice parts:
Some populationists says population growth contributes to starvation. Yet there is actually enough food produced in the world to sustain every person at a 3,000-calorie-per-day diet. However, land is used to inefficiently in order to support livestock for environmentally unsustainable Western meat-based diets. The same land that is used to maintain livestock for 250 days’ worth of food could be used to cultivate soybeans for 2,200 days. By cycling our grain through livestock, we end up with only 10 percent of the calories for human consumption as would be available if we ate the grain directly. In addition, food produced in the Global South is often exported to pay off debts to the World Bank rather than used to meet local needs. Consequently, even countries that are stricken by faminine export food.
and another… [trigger warning: sterilization]
The “greening of hate” particularly victimizes women of color. A glaring example is the work of Center for Research on Population and Security, headed by Stephen Mumford and Elton Kessel. Mumford and Kessel have been involved with a number of mainstream organizations to form a National Optimum Population Commission…to promote ecological sustainability. These same individuals are involved with the Fedaration of American Immigration Reform, and have stated..that immigration is a threat to the national security of the United States. To forestall this…Mumford and Kessel globally distribute a drug for sterilization, Quinacrine.Quinacrine is a drug that is used to treat malaria. It can also be inserted into the uterus, where it dissolves, causing the fallopian tubes to scar and rendering the woman irreversibly sterile…Field trials are under way in 11 countries, with over 70,000 women sterilized.
Rather than being caused by overpopulation, significant environmental damage is actually caused by the environmentally destructive western development projects, such as hydroelectric dams, uranium development, militarism, and livestock production. These projects ultimately benefit the wealthy living in industrialized countries, which are responsible for 75 percent of the world’s pollution.