Discussion by: CdnMacAtheist
One of many websites on this issue
I have not seen much discussion here on
RDFRS on the subject of sustainable population projections,
or on the ways to attain the necessary reduction in population that
is needed for a viable future for Humanity past the year 2100. Most
predictions on sustainable LONG-term population size is between 1.5
to 2 billion humans.
I think that the main reason is that
the path we are on is now so scary that we are unwilling to
contemplate the outcomes, and are therefore more concerned and
vociferous about the many symptoms that are the result of this core
One of the main reasons that I am an
anti-theist is that when I was a Scottish teenager in the 1960’s I read
about the Club of Rome and their predictions about ‘The Limits To
Growth’. As a secular humanist by upbringing, I read more and came
to understand that the main barrier to limiting, or reducing, global
population was societal ignorance and avoidance of the implications –
attitudes driven by all the main religion businesses, which strive to
increase their own group size so they can outnumber the others in their
quest for survival and domination – thus driving me to become a convinced
atheist, then a strong anti-theist.
These policies include the intransigent
opposition to equality of women, banning of contraception &
abortion, state subsidies for producing children, religious
indoctrination & education, religious interference or domination
in local, regional & federal governments, and religiously
infected state policies & laws.
We are becoming more aware of the
consequences and implications of doing essentially nothing for the
past 50 years since humanity became aware of our life-threatening
trajectory, but we are consumed with kicking around the symptoms and
mostly avoiding the overpopulation problem that drives all our
mounting issues – whether they be CO2 production, climate change,
resource depletion, water and oil depletion, desertification,
deforestation, fishery collapses, ocean acidification, contamination from waste products
& effluence, extinction of species, along with various conflicts and wars
exacerbated by very dense societies.
How can we as a secular community make
our voices heard more about this core problem, without being deemed
to be just a bunch of doomsayers?