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) 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) 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) 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) 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. Let’s all begin to speak out about population control and the benefits of population decline.
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