Monday, 09 August 2021
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This video addresses the elephant in the room—population growth. It does so clearly, simply, and directly.

I know for many people, this is a taboo topic. However, I don' think it is something that we can afford to ignore. The more people we have, the more resources are consumed. It's as simple as that. YES, the Global North consumes much more per capita than the Global South and we desperately need to do something about that. However, EVERYONE requires food, shelter, and energy. Furthermore, most people in the Global South aspire to have a similar lifestyle to the North. What do you think is going to happen to the natural world if that happens? Thankfully, there are things we can do to reign in population growth that do not require draconian measures, in fact, quite the opposite. We can reduce population growth and improve people's lives at the same time.



Watch the video and let me know what you think.
more than a month ago
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#921
I have long acknowledged that population growth is a root cause of environmental destruction. I think it is unfortunate that the topic has become politicised.

Adam Thyer, Founder at GreenExecutive

3 weeks ago
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#927
On the weekend, I read a story about Egypt's plans to curb population growth. It was refreshing to hear that they do not plan to do anything Draconian. Instead (at least according to the story), most of the measures would be good policy even if population growth were not an issue.

The only part that worries me is "granting benefits to low-income families having two or less children". I am not necessarily against this, but the devil would be in the detail.

Minister of Planning and Economic Development Hala al-Said elaborated that the government aims for the fertility rate to become 2.1 children per woman in 2032 and 1.6 in 2052, down from 3.2 at present. As such, the annual population growth will stand at 400,000.

That will be achieved through the economic empowerment of women, expanding access to contraceptives free of charge, awareness campaigns, initiatives granting benefits to low-income families having two or less children, and articulating legislations aimed at controlling overpopulation.


https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/106900/Egyptian-minister-announces-population-size-target-for-2052
3 weeks ago
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#930
This is a sensitive topic. But the best solutions include things like lifting people out of poverty, improved education, easy access to contraception, and women's rights. These things are just good policy. They are desirable even if you are not considering the impacts of population growth.
one week ago
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#931
Population growth is a huge problem in Africa. It worries me greatly.

I have found some interesting information on this website:

https://populationmatters.org/
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