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Elephant in the room

You'd think occasionally on some of these news stories they'd acknowledge that a big part of the problem is that there are too many people.

UK water use 'worsening global crisis'


What do we need 8 billion people for anyway?  Wouldn't the world be a nicer place all round if we'd stuck at, say, 5 billion, and had more whales and orangutans instead...?

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philmophlegm
19th Apr, 2010 09:16 (UTC)
We need an 'elephant in the room' userpic.
bunn
20th Apr, 2010 11:31 (UTC)
I have made one :-)
inzilbeth_liz
19th Apr, 2010 12:10 (UTC)
'Wouldn't the world be a nicer place all round if we'd stuck at, say, 5 billion, and had more whales and orangutans instead...?'

HEAR, HEAR!!!!!

It's just so obvious, isn't it, so why do the powers-that-be never take any notice!
bunn
20th Apr, 2010 11:35 (UTC)
Cram too many animals in : first they get grumpy at each other, then they start running short of resources and crowd out anything weaker - then they get sick. Nothing unique about humans in that respect. :-(
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bunn
20th Apr, 2010 11:52 (UTC)
Contraception and reproductive education treads on so many toes. I guess that's understandable when the great taboos, religion and reproduction are involved, and it's only too easy to get racism rearing its ugly head as well. :-/

Giving people water or food is uncontroversial, but giving them condoms, or heaven forbid the pill is apparently much more controversial. Rarely does it seem to be mentioned that many people might actually choose not to have large families, given a real choice...
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bunn
20th Apr, 2010 20:38 (UTC)
Yes, I agree. Lack of contraception goes hand in hand with a life lacking choices. :-(
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bunn
20th Apr, 2010 20:32 (UTC)
Thank you! :-)
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