Does it surprise you that democracy does NOT get better with population growth? In the aftermath of the midterm U.S. election in November, 2018, the World Population Balance team discusses the ways democracy is hamstrung by overpopulation. Each U.S. citizen, for example, is one of over 700,000 constituents represented by a U.S. House Representative. Two hundred twenty years ago, when U.S. population was 5 million (versus over 325 million today), just 34,000 citizens had to share a representative.
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News reports and economists exhibit collective angst about declining birth rates and the resulting aging of populations in many nations. They worry about labor shortages, upside-down pension programs, rising health care burdens and stagnating GDP. A research team at The Overpopulation Project wondered if these challenges outweigh the ecological advantage of a population shrinking back to a level that won’t crush the Earth.
And it warrants greater attention, not less. This roundtable discussion with the WPB staff answers the question, "Is there a problem with population?" An attempt to answer the question with a 'not really' was recently published in a commentary at Resilience.org. by Chris Smaje with the title "Population: What's the Problem?" Executive Director Dave Gardner, Carolyn VandenDolder, and Alan Ware examine Smaje's premise, his characterizations, and his assumptions. Ultimately, we strongly disagree with his conclusion.
We need to put our children first. Carter Dillard and Karin Kuhlemann of the non-profit, Having Kids, join host Dave Gardner for a very candid conversation explaining "child-first" family planning and how it will benefit our children and make human civilization more sustainable.
We wanted to hear what you, our listeners, are thinking about the challenges, the setbacks, and the wins in the race to achieve a sustainable world population. Seven listeners joined the four members of our World Population Balance staff for this conversation.
Graduate student, Emma Spett, believes it's wise to be deliberate about bringing children into the world. Emma raises important questions like: "Why does everyone need their own genetic offspring to be fulfilled?" "Is freedom to choose more important than the sustained existence of our ecological and human systems?"
Can 7.6 billion or more people live sustainably and happily on the planet? Can we avoid the sensitive topic of choosing smaller families simply by eating less meat, taking public transportation and turning the thermostat down in winter and up in summer? The World Population Balance staff kicks this subject around in response to a study that concluded resource use would need to decline by a factor of two to six times for all the world's people to live well within planetary boundaries.