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Archive for December 1, 2008

The Elephant in the Room: a foreshadowing

Inevitably, when we are looking for root causes to address our current problems, we need to face the elephant in the room.

Overpopulation.

Many people seem to think it’s not such a problem anymore, because it’s not in the news. Think again: it is in the news, constantly, but that news refers to the effects of overpopulation (food & water scarcity, wars, climate change, and more). But if we don’t find ways (humane ways) to reduce population growth then most of our solutions will basically fight symptoms, and not address causes.

A graph:

world-population-500ce-2150

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