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originally posted by: dantanna
i am by means no wheres rich. i make less than 40k a year.
and i can do anything i want.
i think you should only have kids if you make enough money to do so.
lets say i wanted kids, i would want 20k PER kid more in income.
now i can make more money, its just a matter of 'work' (i am an artist)
but unless im making millions, i am not having kids. i have too much fun doing anything i want any time of the day.
originally posted by: crayzeed
a reply to: Edumakated
Naaah, when all the poor people have had no kids and there's no one to come and unblock your sewerage pipes (as these are the jobs poor people do) then you'll all be shouting "let the poor people have kids cos we don't want to clear the sh## pipes".
It takes all sorts to make a society, poor and rich alike.
That seems unsustainable to me.
As it stands now, though, the world's population is over 7.3 billion. According to United Nations predictions it could reach 9.7 billion people by 2050, and over 11 billion by 2100.
Population growth has been so rapid that there is no real precedent we can turn to for clues about the possible consequences. In other words, while the planet might hold over 11 billion people by the end of the century, our current level of knowledge does not allow us to predict whether such a large population is sustainable, simply because it has never happened before.
What is urgently needed, then, is ways to speed up the decline in fertility rates. One relatively easy way to do so might be to raise the status of women, especially in terms of their education and employment opportunities, says Steffen.