Thomas Robert Malthus was a reverend from the eighteenth century who foresaw the effects of a huge burgeoning world population. He thought it would be a catastrophe. It would take room, use up resources and create famine and pestilence. He proposed that measures needed to be taken in order to restrict the population.
He was a man of vision.
Unfortunately Malthus’s ideas were aimed at restricting the increase of the working class! He was a trifle elitist.
Malthus is being proved right though. The population increase is building in pace, threatening food, water, mineral resources, the natural environment and most wild animals. It is changing the climate of the planet.
The answer does not lie in forcing poor people from breeding. It requires a much greater application of intelligence. We have to address the social issues that create the need for big families, the religious stupidity that is preventing people from regulating the number of progeny, the political policies that encourage big families and do not penalise having too many children and the means to access contraception and use it effectively.
Education and social change is the answer.
Step 1 – recognise that we have a major global problem.
Step 2 – bring in social changes so that there is health care and pensions which remove the need for large families
Step 3 – Bring in contraception and education to limit children
Step 4 – begin an awareness raising campaign to highlight the need to reduce population
Step 5 – limit the places that humans can live, exploit nature or hunt and conserve the wilderness (50% for humans – 50% for the rest of life)
Step 6 – Stop religions going through their silly games to try to win through sheer weight of numbers by encouraging large families
Step 7 – Bring in political inducements and disincentives to encourage small families.
If action is not taken now we will be heading for disaster – a virus, a catastrophe, famine, starvation, emigration, climate change and the devastation of the wilderness.
I don’t want that. I want a beautiful world for my beautiful grandchildren. I want action!