Inevitably, when we are looking for root causes to address our current problems, we need to face the elephant in the room.
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.
It shows that even in the lowest estimate the world population will peak at 9 billion. That’s the best case scenario.
Two articles following on each other’s heels (one from November 28, the other from today). They mention the elephant in the room by name.
Writers (and readers, and basically everybody): pay attention. Absorb. Then think about solutions. Very hard.
(And yes: I will post in greater length about this, after I’ve finished a great amount of outstanding items. Hopefully before Christmas.)
UPDATE: Scientific American chimes in with a ’60 second science’ post on the same topic. It bears repeating, every time. And everyone, me certainly included, is in on it late in the game ever since the Club of Rome‘s The Limits to Growth.