Overpopulation is not only the biggest threat to the environment but is also the biggest challenge to mankind. Unless we solve it our future is bleak.
Thomas Robert Malthus was a reverend from the eighteenth century who foresaw the effects of a huge burgeoning world population. He thought it would be a catastrophe. It would take room, use up resources and create famine and pestilence. He proposed that measures needed to be taken in order to restrict the population.
He was a man of vision.
Unfortunately Malthus’s ideas were aimed at restricting the increase of the working class! He was a trifle elitist.
Malthus is being proved right though. The population increase is building in pace, threatening food, water, mineral resources, the natural environment and most wild animals. It is changing the climate of the planet.
The answer does not lie in forcing poor people from breeding. It requires a much greater application of intelligence. We have to address the social issues that create the need for big families, the religious stupidity that is preventing people…
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