Yes, we have far to many people ; but its possible solutions are political dynamite and take us uncomfortably close to eugenics and similar nasties. The only way forward is education , and the promotion of freedom of choice by women. Problem is, the US is swinging back to pro lifers and our government is deciding to reduce foreign aid (always a vote pleaser among blue rinse Tories) and instead to spend loads on toys for the military (if far more useful ones than aircraft carriers ) . Foreign aid has often been misused , of course , but that is not an argument to cease giving it , but to apply it better.
But overpopulation , even if its soluble, will take decades - and its existence as a problem is not a justification for not pursuing an electric future.
. But what do I know - I eat kale , occasionally read the Guardian even if I am too old to be a snowflake. .. I'm even old enough to recall a time when we listened to other people's views rather than directing a string of abuse at them for daring to think differently .
Quite right John. Identifying the major problem doesn't offer a solution, I admit that.
Democratic dissent is not disloyalty, it is a positive civic duty
Nobody has mentioned the population explosion just around the corner, caused by being locked indoors for weeks.
Has any one of a certain age ever watched the sci fi movie Solyent Green with Charlton Heston in the starring role?
This is the scary solution to overpopulation & feeding the billions.
#102/3 I agree with all that. We can’t wait for the population to stabilise and decrease; it may be too late in any case.
We do all need to consider where we are and do what we can to play some part however small and we need to globally invest in sustainability.
It certainly is a political hot spud but that’s no reason to avoid it (in my view, probably not the average politicians’s!) and whilst I would not in any way suggest eugenics, euthanasia or any other horrors beginning with eu..., I do question the wisdom in actively investing in ways to increase the population and medical research aimed at prolonging life beyond what’s at all reasonable.
Well, we all say that - at least we do until it's our own , or a family member's life .
Is Covid 19 just natures way of putting the brakes on the population explosion?
If you were religious,,,you would say it's him up there ,,saying I bloody told you lot to behave ,,,,as long as he does not infect grape growing to stop my wine
#107. Do we all say that? I don't think so, though it's a belief of mine. And having seen the way elderly relatives and friends have been artificially kept going long after any quality of life or awareness has passed, I have no reason to change that belief.
#108 Not very effective if it is. Doesn't look like there'll be more than 2M deaths from Covid, from a population nearing 8B. This year so far there have been over 125M births.
#109 If you were religious Derek, an event like this might have you questioning the existence of whichever sky fairy you believe in. Again.
#107 I don't know anyone that says that - in fact quite the opposite.