Human Numbers Are Affecting Everything Including World Peace and Survival

By Donald A. Collins | 17 June 2020
Church and State

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That seems to be the rule these days. Never mention human numbers as a factor in loss of democracy, decent livelihood, environmental protections, etc.

However, IPS News did another article on June 12th about global poverty moving to Middle Income developing nations in Asia, with a photo and caption focus on India.

The IPS piece begins by saying, “Global poverty, which is increasing because of the economic impact of the coronavirus crisis and ensuing worldwide lockdowns, is shifting and a dramatic increase in middle-income developing countries in Asia is expected.

“This is according to new research published by the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER).”

IPS News has not failed as so many have to mention the population impact, with this paragraph which appears as an insert on its first page.

As the world’s population grows at a pace of some 76 million people per year, so do the challenges associated with it. Increased longevity in some regions, juxtaposed with the HIV/AIDS pandemic in others, refugee movements and economic migration all contribute to a changing world demographic in ways that require unique social and policy responses. In the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), the population is expected to triple by 2050, while the ever-increasing demand on the earth’s finite natural resources makes it difficult for many to live even at subsistence levels. In this context, family planning and the promotion of sexual and reproductive health have never been more important to empowering women to lead the healthy and productive lives they desire and rendering local and regional population strategies effective.

Of course the Coronavirus is a factor as the article notes:

Andy Sumner, a professor of International Development at King’s College London and co-author of the report, told IPS that recent research which estimates the number of people who will be pushed into poverty because of the virus also shows that the increase in poverty could be an “absolute increase” for the first time in two decades.

“The potential increase in extreme poverty could mark the first absolute increase in the global count since 1999—and the first since 1990 in terms of the headcount ratio,” he told IPS.

The research estimates that the COVID-19 pandemic could push between 80 to 395 million people into extreme poverty globally, under the World Bank’s definition of poverty of people living under $1.90 per day. When measured with the World Bank’s upper threshold of the poverty line (people living under $3.20 and $5.50 per day) the estimate of people to be pushed into poverty is even higher at more than 500 million people.

Sumner, along with authors Eduardo Ortiz-Juarez of King’s College London and Chris Hoy of Australian National University, published the paper titled “Precarity and the pandemic COVID-19 and poverty incidence, intensity, and severity in developing countries” as a follow-up to their April report.

Thus we come squarely into the main point. Until women get reproductive rights which means the ability to have the number of children they wish, the population situation so suscinctly described in the above IPS indented paragraph, the situation will only get worse.

The constant ominous rumblings of pending or on going wars and increasing civil strife can only accelerate as we learn daily from the media.

In short we are racing toward disaster and our leaders are more worried about their re-elections and retention of their personal perks of power! Like Emperor Nero fiddling while Rome burned.

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC., has spent over 40 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013.

From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013

By Donald A. Collins
Publisher: Church and State Press (July 30, 2014)
ASIN: B00MA40TVE
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Jane Goodall – Overpopulation in the Developing World

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