posted on Jan, 26 2013 @ 03:05 AM
I'm no expert on this but it seems we have to do something about the total world population before it's too late. So far we have managed to feed
most of the people most of the time but it must be a losing battle in the end.
I have seen estimates that this planet can comfortably sustain about 1000 million people without harming the environment or seriously compromising
other species and we're running up to the buffers pretty quickly.
Only intensive farming and chemical fertilizers have brought us this far, and even that is at the expense of future generations. In a way we're
living on our children's food and other resources!
OK. Enough scare mongering. I think most rational people see that there is a need to reduce the world population but how to do it?
First and foremost is education. Many of the Third World countries continue to deny education to girls and they, after all, are the very ones who will
bear the next generation. So instead of draconian measures to strip people of the right to reproduce, let's give them the means to see that it is
better to have fewer children.
This goes hand in hand with making simple birth control methods easily available and desirable.
All of us, yes, even in the West, still have the caveman mentality that wants to reproduce, and reproduce in quantity!
That was fine when the majority of children died at birth or soon afterwards - you needed plenty of children just to keep the population stable and
I'm not talking about thousands of years ago either. For most Western countries this is considerably less than 200 years.
Then we had the rise of awareness of health care and the means to implement it until today, again in the Western world, it is considered a tragedy if
a baby dies, not just one of those things that happen all the time.
Social inertia is extremely high and it takes a long time to develop a new mindset. In the developing world health care is improving but still many
babies die so they are not even up to our expectations yet.
Plus many of the Abrahamic religions place great importance on large families and some even prohibit the use of birth control as we know.
This all makes a viable population control system extremely difficult and, other than extreme dictatorships like the one child policy in China, no
normal government would be able to implement such a control without immediatly being forced out of power!
So how to do it? Education will help greatly but there needs to be something else, especially when dealing with the large family religious groups.
Don't get me wrong here, I'm not against religion. In fact I and my wife are both Christians, I'm from England and my wife is from Thailand. But we
realise that we also have to limit our growth so we have only one child by choice.
For anyone who wants to take the religious ticket, by the way, don't forget that God told us to care for the planet, not to rape it!
So how about making it cool to have small families? One commentator here mentioned that TV often shows large families as being a GOOD THING. Surely a
gentle way to introduce the concept of small families (only one or two children) being the ideal is to show this in the most popular TV shows, such as
Soaps and sitcoms. These are astonishingly popular everywhere (yes - they're just as avidly followed in Asia as in the West) and the largest
demographic of Soap Opera viewers is female.
TV can introduce the idea that only one or two children can be better cared for than many, and with smaller families there will more health care, food
and other resources for everyone.
What happens in TV land really does influence people. If it didn't then why would advertisers even bother with it?
I know that some religious fundamentalist groups don't allow TV, but at least this could be a big start for most of the world. It just has to be
implemented somehow. Just don't ask the advertisers, though, as they want MORE consumers, not fewer!
Good ideas would be welcome! And necessary!