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Climate change and population control can make for a politically explosive mix, as media mogul Ted Turner demonstrated Sunday when he urged world leaders to institute a global one-child policy to save the Earth’s environment.
Mr. Turner spoke at a luncheon where economist Brian O’Neill from the U.S.’s National Center for Atmospheric Research unveiled his study on the impact of demographic trends on future greenhouse gas emission, a little-discussed subject given its political sensitivity.
Mr. Turner – a long-time advocate of population control – said the environmental stress on the Earth requires radical solutions, suggesting countries should follow China’s lead in instituting a one-child policy to reduce global population over time. He added that fertility rights could be sold so that poor people could profit from their decision not to reproduce.
“If we’re going to be here [as a species] 5,000 years from now, we’re not going to do it with seven billion people,” Mr. Turner said.
I should be able to birth as many children as I can take care of and that's that.
Originally posted by NewlyAwakened
The only population control method compatible with liberty and human dignity is as follows:
1.) Stop rewarding people for having bastard children.
2.) Legalize contraception and abortion (I would encourage the former and discourage the latter on moral grounds, but they should both be available especially if (1) is implemented).
3.) Maintain laws against child neglect.
That's it. That's all you have to do to keep population under control.
In rural areas it's often economically beneficial to have children. In more densely populated areas where space is at a premium, it's economically detrimental. These factors will limit population growth all by themselves without any draconian measures needed.
Notice that birth rates among middle class people in urban/suburban areas are already right around 2 people per family. They flat out don't want to pay for more.
Put the responsibility and burdens on the individual. They'll figure it out; they'll have to.
edit on 6-12-2010 by NewlyAwakened because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by airspoon
Either way, this is ridiculous, as no0body should be able to tell me how many children I can and can't have. I should be able to birth as many children as I can take care of and that's that.
Originally posted by proteus33
the reason you as a celibate person has to pay for someone elses kids education is because its part of the constitution you know the part that guarantees every citizen a free and public education.