There seems to be very little discussion of population control taking place in the public arena. Even less in political campaigning, religious synodry, or economic analysis, for all these fields of human endeavour have a vested interest in an ever increasing human population.
No lesser person than Sir David Attenborough (a scholar of both the environment and human behaviour) has drawn our attention to the fact that NOW is the time to address the incapacity of the earth and our technology to produce food for a significantly larger population, whilst maintaining some semblance of natural environment.
Numerous conferences discuss global warming, pollution of environmental atmosphere, land and ocean, AIDS and other viral epidemics, poverty and starvation, desertification, and the diminishing supply of the worlds potable water supply.
Am I just totally dumb, or are not every single one of these issues directly attributable to, and symptoms of, overpopulation of the planet by humans?
Very occasionally an intelligent outcome is achieved from a talk fest. Such was the Kyoto Protocol which was subsequently ignored by the USA and Australia in order to perpetuate their economic growth at any cost.
Fortunately most participants agreed to a reduced cap of greenhouse gas emissions.
Now, why not address the base issue here, and agree to a population cap for every country on earth.
High birth rates in third world countries are resultant from inadequate education and a lack of access to health resources. It is also a family defence mechanism against a high mortality rate.
In developed countries there is no longer any excusable or legitimate justification for producing large families.
Self glorification or a public demonstation of fecundity are no longer acceptable grounds for procreation. The Australian Governments $5000 reward scheme for baby production is an example of political expedience over logical thought and long term vision.
I rarely get angry about anything I cannot control. Human ignorance and stupidity is an exception, for, theoretically, it should mostly be avoidable.
We, all humans on this little rock in the universe, are tenants in common. What happens on one side of the world affects the other. We have one constantly recycling air and water supply and limited physical resource of land on which to live and produce food.
So where are the aspiring political and religious leaders willing to address the issue. Of course there are none. Instead we have the Pope, Sarah Palin wishing to take fertility control out of the hands of individual women, and $5000 baby bonuses.
I give up. Sometimes I choose to blog about some really dumb stuff.
P.S. World human population is predicted to increase by 1 BILLION in the next 12 years.