Currently, there are 7.4 billion people on Earth. By 2100 there could be 12.3 billion humans. That’s not just an extra 5 billion people in today’s terms. As the global middle class grows, people demand more meat, more clothing, more cars, more air conditioning, and more. All of this limits how much the Earth can create annually.
So can anything be done to address this? Well, a once-trendy (if controversial) idea is being dusted off as a solution. To combat the frightening rise in consumption, many conservationists are calling for population control. If population growth slows, the argument goes, then we can solve existing problems, rather than face even worse problems. Hop over to this site to learn how using birth control can reduce climate change.
Right now, 800 million women who want contraceptives cannot get them. In developing countries, the rate of women deprived of contraceptives can be as high as 60%. If access to contraceptives is provided to developing nations, the effect would be tremendous.
The next, longer-term step involves broader female education and empowerment. When a girl receives a full education, she is more likely to delay marriage, invest in her career and appreciate the value of independence. She is also more likely to understand the importance of birth control and how to navigate the barriers that prevent her from obtaining it.
Underlying all of this is not a desire to suppress family size. Instead, it’s a belief that environments around the world can be best conserved through population control.
By suspending the number of resources that people need, the strain put on the Earth can stay flat and other solutions —like reforestation and renewable energy technologies —can be more effective as a result.