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Why is the Subject of Population so Contentious?


Recently even our beloved Sir David Attenborough in a set of televised closing remarks identified the issue of population control as one of great significance in relation to the successful continuity of our environment, it’s habitats, ecosystems, biodiversity and the entire notion of natural capital perpetuity itself.

On becoming a patron of the Optimum Population Trust, Sir David said,

The growth in human numbers is frightening. I’ve seen wildlife under mounting human ­pressure all over the world, and it’s not just from human economy or technology. Behind every threat is the frightening ­explosion in ­human numbers. I’ve never seen a problem that wouldn’t be easier to solve with fewer people – or harder, and ­ultimately impossible, with more.


So, are you able to define your reasons for nil population control? How do you feel about birth control and women’s rights to choose pregnancy or birth control? Should we be concerned about the pressures that hundreds of thousands of new people arriving every day will have on the carrying capacity of the planet? Please feel free to comment below…

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This entry was posted on 4 August 2012 by in Environmental Sustainability.

Part of the Problem? or Part of the Solution?

Rampant consumerism.
Widespread unsustainable lifestyles.
Unsustainable business practices.
Damaging and unsustainable travel and transport.
Extensive environmental degradation and biodiversity loss.
These are some of the problems we face.
Energy crisis.
Financial crisis.
Uneducated and un-empowered.
Environmental damage.
Food and water shortage.
Climate change.
Are you part of the problem,
Or are you part of the solution?

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