Overpopulation – The Root Cause of Our Problems – Why Is It a Taboo Topic?

    By Tim Prosser | 30 July 2014
    Scratch Space

    A recent poll of American scientists suggests that a large majority of them (82 percent) regard population growth as a major challenge, almost as many as those who believe that climate change is mostly due to human activity (87 percent). (Credit: ESA / NASA)

    Why is overpopulation taboo? It is incredibly frustrating to see so many people and organizations thrashing around over climate change and related issues when none of those problems would exist if we weren’t overpopulating the planet. The problems of epidemic and famine that will emerge over the next two or three decades will compound our relatively new problems with weather and increasing sea levels, and it is likely that at least a few billion people will die untimely deaths before the end of this century, all attributable to the human population explosion. Isn’t a focus on reducing birthrates worldwide what we really need? Are we putting ourselves at risk by addressing the more superficial issues and ignoring the root cause?

    The population explosion is here now, and it is causing problems. In fact, we are experiencing many population-driven problems now. Immigration problems are stimulated by many things, but primary among them are the crime that crops up in increasingly crowded areas, scarcity exacerbated by decreasing ratios of resources to consumers (demand beginning to exceed supply), and the increasing difficulty of managing huge, fast growing and fast changing national economies effectively. Capitalist countries have the added problem of maverick corporate entities with huge financial power influencing politics and the laws, stripping the country of its natural resources, and manipulating and bribing officials, unconcerned that their actions and policies create poverty and economic imbalance. When conditions deteriorate in small countries as corporate domination, government corruption, and cartel/gang activity (enabled by misguided American drug laws) increase crime and poverty, people become increasingly desperate to leave. Initially they leave to look for better opportunities and life styles, but as conditions worsen they leave in an attempt to not be killed or injured by criminals and to escape poverty. (Most people like to eat!) When conditions are bad it may not be possible to move a whole family as one, so one or both heads of the household often go abroad to try to make enough money to initially help those back home and eventually bring the family to a better place. The United States is currently experiencing a situation in which young children are risking death and hardship in the most extreme circumstances to join their previously-emigrated parents.  Overpopulation makes poverty worse and increases the drive to emigrate.

    Overpopulation creates scarcity, and scarcity creates conflict. Wars and political conflict are increasing, driven by the need to secure resources including energy sources, land, and water. That need is demand and it is driven by population growth more than any other factor. As the human population explodes over the next thirty years national economies will find themselves in increasingly tough battles over land, resources, and energy sources, and often those battles will become wars.

    Root cause analysis is not rocket science. Anyone can analyze causality by simply looking at something and asking why it is the way it is. Then, when some answer has been found, that answer must be questioned as to why each of its parts is the way it is. This process is sometimes called “the 5 whys” because if you keep asking why until you have gone through about five levels of causality you usually understand what is going on and why things are the way they are pretty well. If you use this technique to analyze human problems – plenty can be found on the front page of any news site – you will find that a majority of them, possibly a vast majority, lead back to overpopulation.

    So why is overpopulation not mentioned in the media?  Are journalists and politicians afraid? Certainly the topic is frightening, especially as one starts looking at the status of our natural world and how it is changing. It is clear that, within a few decades, our children and grandchildren will have some huge and terrible issues to deal with. But shouldn’t we be talking about the root cause of our problems NOW? To be effectively dealt with, shouldn’t problems such as immigration and war be addressed in full recognition of the contributions of overpopulation? Shouldn’t birthrate reduction be a prominent topic for public discussion, world-wide? Won’t our problems just get worse the longer we fail to consider the impact of overpopulation in the development of their solutions?

    I hope you will join me in asking these questions more and more loudly, and of people who we elected or who are otherwise responsible for our lives and environments.

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    1. Irresponsibility, Greed, Overpopulation (The “IGO Effect”….I go, you go, we all go….) and Narcissism….are a deleterious
      amalgamation leading to the demise of (in)humankind.

    2. As I say- The more humans, the less humanity! This is the #1 problem in the world. Human overpopulation will leave many humans starving, diseased & dead as well as our fragile planet’s magnificent wildlife. Humans’ narcissism is ruining everything! I knew this 29 years ago when I decided to have only one child but most people only think about themselves and in doing that, they err greatly & all their children will suffer the consequences of their short-sightedness.

    3. The problem is not overpopulation the problem is unnecessary waste. Why are we still burying people for instance? We could compost and get plaques or cremate. Why are we driving when we can walk a few miles? Why do kids need more gifts for Christmas every year? The list is endless

    4. It's not a taboo topic, it's been used by the west to decimate other countries population for decades. Google NSSM-200. China was the worst victim of this conspiracy.

      Over population is not a problem, it is a blessing to humanity and to all lives on earth. With more people comes more science breakthroughs and more advancement. Native Americans had a small population and a clean and beautiful environment, but they were no match for European invaders, who had advanced weaponry and navigation technology thanks to a large population in Eurasia, that invented gun powder, compass and then ship building.

      We can reduce our population, and retreat back to lives like native Americans, and be sitting ducks on this limited earth. Or we can expand our population, and reach out to the space, other planets and other stars. Expansion has a future, shrinkage has none.

    5. Humankind has many wondrous, unique attributes that clearly make our species distinctly different from other organisms. That said, for all the spectacular ways in which we are truly exceptional, Homo sapiens is similar to other species of Earth in terms of its population dynamics. Human population dynamics is not essentially different from the population dynamics of other species. In this was way, among so very many other ways, human beings are exquisite creatures of Earth where we have evolved alongside other species in the general biological evolutionary process. Humans were not catapulted here from some other place in the Universe. We have neither descended from the heavens nor somehow become excepted from the web of life of Earth, our only known home, the one place in the solar system that has been shown so far to be capable of sustaining life as we know it.


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