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The world population growth rate must slow down significantly to avoid reaching unsustainable levels, says a new UN report.
To have a reasonable chance of stabilising world population, fertility must drop to below "replacement level".....
.."It warns that although the reduction of fertility may be inevitable, considerable effort over the next few decades is required to make it a reality."
The UN has 4 main purposes
* To keep peace throughout the world;
* To develop friendly relations among nations;
* To help nations work together to improve the lives of poor people, to conquer hunger, disease and illiteracy, and to encourage respect for each other’s rights and freedoms;
* To be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations to achieve these goals.
Originally posted by storyboard
What I find interesting in this particular article is that it isn't approached as a choice.
In other words, one can choose to have less children, or be forced to have less children - but that doesn't make them any less fertile.
This article has a particular emphasis on fertility rates. As my understanding goes, fertility is not a choice but is biologically determined. You can CONTROL fertility via contraception etc, but you are still fertile when this control ceases. (In most cases at least).
Over population in my opinion is only an issue because of large communities, and distribution of wealth and resources. It's the herd effect. Natural disasters and epidemics have a much worse impact these days because when they happen in populated areas, there are a lot more people congregated to be impacted.