Q: Is overpopulation really a problem?
A: It depends on how much each of us consumes. Based on current world consumption times the number of people on the earth, most measurements indicate humans are far exceeding earth’s ability to provide us the necessary resources without adverse effects to all living creatures. We like the below organization and their in depth measurements of earth’s bio capacity and humanity’s footprint for each and every country. http://www.footprintnetwork.org/resources/footprint-calculator/
Q: Why don’t we then just change the amount we consume?
A: Great question. The problem is, as an individual’s standard of living improves they invariably consume more. Ask yourself. “If you can afford to do so, don’t you want to eat better food, wear nicer clothes, live in a more comfortable home, use reliable electricity, have a better means of transportation, and travel and explore faraway places?” Every study has shown attempting to reduce one’s consumption voluntarily as one’s wealth increases does not happen. It goes against every principle of human nature desiring to live a better life.
Q: What about technologies like solar panels or electric cars that allow us to consume the same or more but with less of an impact on earth?
A: Technology advancements are great and can help to reduce our impact on the environment. Unfortunately these improvements only achieve a lower overall footprint if population levels remain steady or decrease. A great example would be if the Miles Per Gallon average for a car doubles from 25MPG to 50MPG the world would then be consuming half as much gas for the same miles driven. But if population increases and the number of cars double during the same period of improved fuel efficiency then there would be no improvement in reducing our footprint.
Q: How many people are we adding to the world every day?
A: The world adds a net 220,000 new people every day. That would be the equivalent of filling the Beaver Stadium, in Penn State (the second largest stadium in the U.S.) twice a day with new babies every day all year long.
Q: If we are consuming too much and there are too many people on our planet what will eventually happen?
A: If we continue to ignore the problem then eventually nature will force it upon us, perhaps unexpectedly or violently. The signs are all around us that the planet and nature are exhibiting immense stresses. Many highly regarded independent scientists and academicians we personally have spoken with and interviewed feel by 2100 ocean acidification will reach levels that will drastically alter whatever sea life is left at the time, global warming will wreak havoc on land and in the sea, the lands will be devoid of most forests and animals will be regularly going extinct. Humans will be unable to use land that has been transformed by salt water intrusion or live in areas devoid of nature, fresh water, and fertile soils. Humans as well as all earth’s creatures will suffer greatly.
Q: Many films and environmentalists talk about reducing our consumption which will reduce our carbon emissions. Is that important?
A: Yes. Reducing consumption (and the resulting carbon emissions) is important! That is why we support a carbon fee or consumption tax. We believe attributing the hidden costs of burning fossil fuels more directly to the consumer’s use of them will influence an individual’s decisions, not only on how much they consume, but more importantly on the number of children they have. Smaller families can help heal our planet’s environmental problems faster than any other green policies. See the proof here.