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7 Billion People and Counting

7 Billion People and Counting

October 31, 2011 marks the arrival of the seven billionth human on planet earth. At this point, we’re growing by a billion every 12 or 13 years. It’s been exciting for me to see all of the press on this over the past couple of weeks, but I suspect it will come to a screeching halt soon, and we’ll be back to business as usual.

I, for one, propose that we join together to make population decline a top priority world wide, even in the United States, and that we do so for a variety of reasons. Here are just a few of the benefits of population decline.

1)á Less crowding: Most of us would agree that wherever we go, things are feeling more crowded, and this condition results in lower quality of life. Wouldn’t it make sense to project having fewer cars on the roads down the road rather than having to expand our infrastructure to make way for more vehicles?

2)á Diminishing natural resources: Our natural resources are dwindling, including water, fish in the ocean, grains, energy sources, and clean air. In many communities there is no place to store garbage, resulting in a crazy system of shipping it elsewhere.

3)á Lack of jobs: The number of folks who are unemployed and need government assistance continues to increase. In some areas, there seems to be fewer people paying taxes than there are folks needing government assistance. This creates an untenable imbalance. Plus, the longer an unemployed individual goes without work, the less likely he or she is to return to gainful employment again. Thus, not working becomes the norm.

4)á An opportunity for the earth to recover from the damages done over the last century: The world population in 1900, just 111 years ago was only 1.6 billion. What an enormous amount of growth in such a short time period! Just think what would happen if we had ten percent fewer people using resources. The earth would heal from her wounds. Fish would be again plentiful, trees would grow, and there would be enough clean water for everyone.

So, take the challenge with me to not let this day of count go unnoticed. Letĺs all begin to speak out about population control and the benefits of population decline.

Photo by: Kookkai_nak


 

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Dr. Ellen Walker

Dr. Walker is a licensed clinical psychologist born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. Recognizing that there is no one type of childfree adult, Walker guides clients through the positive and negative aspects of childfree living, taking into consideration the different issues faced by men or women, couples or singles, whether gay or straight. She has a clinical practice in Bellingham, Washington. She and her psychologist husband, Chris, enjoy an adventure-filled life with their two terriers, Bella and Scuppers. Learn more on her website CompleteWithoutKids.com. 

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9:22AM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

thanks

4:36AM PST on Dec 14, 2011

Thanks for the article.

12:49PM PST on Nov 24, 2011

i agree with Amanda Jones

9:18AM PST on Nov 11, 2011

I don't think overpopulation is as big of an issue as how we are hoarding resources in the first world, versus how little resources are being used in developing countries. We should learn to use less resources per person!

8:12AM PST on Nov 10, 2011

Oh Claudette, people like you and the Duggars are why this earth will eventually be unable to support life. There are only so many lives this planet can support and we humans use far more of the Earth's resources than most other animals combined. Not everything is the fault of the government; we all have a responsibility to be active, productive members of society. Don't like trash on the streets? Pick some up. Educate others and get them to throw their crap away properly rather than just toss it on the street. My fiance and I have decided to only have 2 children, if we are able to have any at all. Why? It's economically reasonable and because there are enough people on this planet. Besides, if God was truly in control of how many bodies filled this planet I'm certain there would be far fewer than 7 billion human souls walking the Earth.

2:53AM PST on Nov 10, 2011

interesting. Thank you for the info

4:43AM PST on Nov 8, 2011

Interesting....

3:06PM PST on Nov 7, 2011

I don't have any children, but I'd like to think that I contribute to protecting the environment in other ways.

8:40PM PST on Nov 6, 2011

Sorry, Claudette Colbert (is that your real name?), but you're a bit scary. It's really hard to believe that you argue the problem is with the cities! Read "The Tipping Point" by Malcolm Gladwell for a very general overview of the problem - and then start doing a little research. This article didn't go into anywhere near enough depth, but it's accurate and compelling. I don't see much of a future on Earth if people like you don't wake up to the fact that overpopulation is a horrid problem that simply MUST be addressed by all of us.

2:29PM PDT on Nov 5, 2011

Well, Claudette...I couldn't possibly disagree with you more. Unrestrained human overpopulation WILL kill us all...not to mention the thousands of species of other animals which disappear every year, due to our arrogance and encroachment into their territories.

You suggest that we spread out even more--what happens to the animals/plants already living in this area you want us to "surround?"

Where do you suggest we get the water? Where do you suggest we steal the land to support this ever-expanding human mob?

Anyone who works with animals knows that there is a limit to the numbers of individuals you can enclose. That's true with humans, too. Not only will our expanding populations result in the decimation of all other species....we'll be killing each other too.

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