Monday, March 23, 2015

If You are Over Age 45

If you are over age 45,
world population has doubled in your lifetime. In 1968, the world population was 3,557,000,000. Today, the world population is 7,217,000,000 and grows by over 200,000 people a day.


concretenprimroses said...

Its true. No one wants to talk about it. And childless people still get crap! I don't get much because my family and friends tend to be respectful people, but the things I read that people write that I come accross occassionally on line... Unbelieveable.

Gaddy Bergmann said...

Both resource abuse and overpopulation are important factors. With lots of people around, we have to be careful about energy and land. But with fewer people around, our impact would be less. So they both matter.

I'm constantly astonished at how many people have many children. I know families with three, four, five children or more, and it never ceases to shock me (maybe 'cause I'm an ecologist). Having two, one, or none makes much more sense in this day and age. Some people seem to have many kids without thinking about overpopulation. Others seem to do it out of religious imperative.

Yes, Genesis does say, "Be fruitful and multiply" ... but that was 5,000 years ago, when the worldwide human population was probably only about 20 million people. Big difference between 20 million and 7 billion. There was a time when "be fruitful and multiply" made sense, but today it should be more like "replace yourself and your mate if you like, but don't strain the resource base."