Addressing overpopulation chatter

January 2023 Forums General discussion Addressing overpopulation chatter

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    alanjjohnstone
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    I think a mixed message her that could be mis-interpreted.

    Of course, women in undeveloped countries should be given the facilities and products to access control of their own reproduction. The empowerment of females has been one of the reasons that family sizes and fertility rates are falling.

    However, the implication that population is related to the environmental emergency is something that shouldn’t be inferred by the call for funding from the climate change funds.

    https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2021/aug/26/use-your-11bn-climate-fund-to-pay-for-family-planning-uk-told

    #231068
    alanjjohnstone
    Keymaster

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jul/04/population-crisis-britain-paul-morland

    “…the population of England and Wales is at an all-time high of nearly 60 million. But look more closely, and you’ll see that all the gains are in the 70-74 age bracket, closely followed by the over-90s. The birthrate is dropping off…

    What to do, then, to spur “our own” into reproductive action?

    A call for a “negative child benefit”, which is childless couples paying more tax

    #233633
    alanjjohnstone
    Keymaster

    A welcome criticism of neo-Mathusians

    https://www.commondreams.org/views/2022/09/25/we-can-solve-climate-crisis-without-worrying-about-population

    Seibert and Rees produced a bad faith argument about the inability of technology to support a larger population in order to buttress their conclusion that we need to limit the fertility of people in the global south.

    There is a near consensus among the scientists who study the subject that there are technical pathways to a world where 10 billion people can live well and stay within the biophysical limits of the planet’s environmental systems.

    #236204
    alanjjohnstone
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    #236223
    alanjjohnstone
    Keymaster

    Low Sperm Count

    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/nov/15/humans-could-face-reproductive-crisis-as-sperm-count-declines-study-finds

    “They are also a huge problem for society in the next 50-odd years as less and less young people will be around to work and support the increasing bulge of elderly folk.”

    #239250
    alanjjohnstone
    Keymaster

    China’s population has fallen for the first time in 60 years, with the national birth rate hitting a record low – 6.77 births per 1,000 people.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-64300190

    Deaths also outnumbered births for the first time last year.

    “The high youth unemployment rate and weaknesses in income expectations could delay marriage and childbirth plans further, dragging down the number of newborns,”

    #239443
    alanjjohnstone
    Keymaster

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-64373950

    “Japan is standing on the verge of whether we can continue to function as a society,” Japan’s prime minister Kishida said.

    28% of people aged over 65

    800,000 births last year. In the 1970s, that figure was more than two million.

    By 2050, it could lose a fifth of its current population.

    In 2020, researchers projected Japan’s population to fall from a peak of 128 million in 2017 to less than 53 million by the end of the century. The population is currently just under 125 million

    If you want to see what happens to a country that rejects immigration as a solution to falling fertility, Japan is a good place to start.

    Real wages haven’t grown here in 30 years. Incomes in South Korea and Taiwan have caught up and even overtaken Japan.

    #239444
    ALB
    Keymaster

    Nothing special to say about this except that the February Socialist Standard will have an article refuting unfounded claims about overpopulation making socialism impossible.

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