The Overpopulation Myth

Salon examines the counter-intuitive thought on the world’s over-population

But according to the veteran environmental writer Fred Pearce, they’re all wrong. In his latest book, “The Coming Population Crash: And Our Planet’s Surprising Future,” Pearce argues that the world’s population is peaking. In the next century, we’re heading not for exponential growth, but a slow, steady decline. This, he claims, has the potential to massively change both our society and our planet: Children will become a rare sight, patriarchal thinking will fall by the wayside, and middle-aged culture will replace our predominant youth culture. Furthermore, Pearce explains, the population bust could be the end of our environmental woes. Fewer people making better choices about consumption could lead to a greener, healthier planet.

If middle-aged culture being dominant means less Justin Beiber and Miley Cyrus, then yes please.  Still, the cynic in me has a hard time believing in the notion of a population crash.  [via]

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  • jamesfurbush April 22, 2010, 6:34 pm

    Good point. I've heard that. I've also heard that creating ample women's rights are one of the best methods for countries to move out of the developing world and into stability.

  • Justin Bieber April 22, 2010, 6:01 pm

    A lot of this depends on the continued growth of religious fundamentals. Developing secular countries tend to limit the amount of children per family whereas third world countries with heavy religious populations churn out children at a massive rate.