Interesting video discussing some key points around population, published by the website called "Overpopulation is a myth"
On the same subject, the Norwegian economist Erik S. Reinert discussed that a large population is only a problem when a nation is producing only agriculture or raw materials. Once a nation has an industrialized economy, a growing population is a good thing and is needed to maintain the standard of living.
An interesting footnote, according to me personally, is that overpopulation would be a problem, that is why it is called overpopulation. But the question is whether the world is overpopulated at the moment or if we are evolving towards a population that the world would not be able to sustain.
These are the questions that are in need to be answered and personally I do share the opinion of the website "Overpopulation is a myth": at this moment the world is not overpopulated and the demographic trend is not evolving into a number that would become too large.
In the developed world, we are currently facing the greying of Europe, creating difficulties in maintaining our welfare state system, worldwide there is still enough food produced to feed the whole population, ...
Today, the Belgian newssite 'VRT' reported that according to the World Wildlife Fund's (WWF) two-yearly "Living Planet Report", the Belgians have one of the world's largest ecological footprint. This is a real problem that we are facing, but it is not created by a so-called 'overpopulation', it is due to the way that we use our resources.
Instead of looking at the number of people that we have share our planet with, it is better to have a critical review of the way that we are living.
- Overpopulation is a myth
- Discussion on Reddit
- How rich countries got rich (book review)
- Sacred economics
- Causes of hunger
- Belgian ecological footprint among the world's largest (VRT: English, Dutch)
- Living Planet Report 2012 (WWF)
- EOS magazine: One earth is sufficient: science article denying the doom-theories on ecological footprints (in Dutch)