Would you believe there were 2.2 billion people living on the planet in 1946. That’s a lot, now… what would you say about that being increased to 3.6 billion in 1972? How about the 7.2 billion today? How does that impact our planet? This workshop argued how the very fast rate of population will impact our economy and environment and as humans consume resources this will have a massive impact on CO2 emissions.
Our earth today has limited resources. Yes, we as humans consume resources, the more people there are on the planet the more “trouble” we as humans will have with our environment. So… What can we do? … Reduce waste? Persuade people to consume less? Promote smaller families? Or… stop CO2 levels by… Not reproducing, over populating or just stop breathing? This is what Sara Parkin is saying. This wasn’t something that chimed well with me. I do respect that we all do have our our opinions. Here are my thoughts.
Fact: 200 million women want to delay or prevent pregnancies. Sara Parkin believes by reducing the 40% of unplanned pregnancies by intervening, green house gas emissions will be reduced. I am not convinced. I think many unplanned pregnancies are miracles, abortion maybe an option, but not for everyone. I agree there are parts of the world which are over populated, and smaller families may be a short term plan. To me it is not clear cut, some people may not be able to get pregnant, so why limit those who can.
Mass increased over population will be a risk to our planet, however fertility levels have already dropped since 1950. In the past 30 years, the worldwide population growth rate fell from more than 2.0 percent to 1.5 percent a year. Would it be optimistic to say it may even out?
Image of statistics of a difference that half a child less will make.
Family planning however is an excellent idea, as women can have the right to choose, to plan their pregnancies and have safe sex. Thinking about educating children and teens in schools is great if we teach more about contraception to help reduce unexpected pregnancies. However you can not solely blame large families for increased CO2 levels. Importantly, more information should be provided to not just women but to men too about relationships. This workshop presented an extreme view, I didn’t see a voice for men.
However I do agree with the oppositions to forced marriage, I think that at 16 you are old enough to know your own mind. Women should choose for themselves how many children to have and when to have them.
A tale of sex and money has revealed to me the importance of family relationships and the importance of bringing a child into the world with love and in a stable environment. Each human being is special, we should procreate, and we should also love our environment, it is ours to keep. We can keep our natural world by working together and becoming more sustainable. Overpopulation is not the sole cause of climate change, it is the actions each and every individual will make that affect this.
As humans, we keep on adapting, the more humans there are, the more solutions we have to problems. I believe Esther Boserup’s theory on population is summed up in the one quote we all relate to: ‘The grass is greener on the other side’. We just need a delicate balance looking at optimum population as overpopulation is only relative to our natural resources available. With human innovation and technological advances we will:
“Together we can change today and protect tomorrow”