David Attenborough wants one in three of you dead
SIR David Attenborough is the voice of God. He’s also the leader of the Optimum Population Trust. It wants less of you. Ask yourself this: how much rainforest can be saved if 2100 baies are aborted? Had King Herod killed the first born for Gaia, would he be hero? Says the OPT:
Reversing population growth is one of the measures needed to ensure environmental survival and a better quality of life. It can be done by voluntary and peaceful means, given political and individual will to act without delay.
Says Attengod in the Radio Times:
“We are a plague on the Earth. It’s coming home to roost over the next 50 years or so. It’s not just climate change; it’s sheer space, places to grow food for this enormous horde. Either we limit our population growth or the natural world will do it for us, and the natural world is doing it for us right now.”
The OPT wants smaller families. David Attenborough has two bothers. Two must die. He also has two children. One has to go. Smaller families that lead to less people means one child per couple. Single mothers are merely delaying the impeding calamity.
The Chinese are fans of the one-child policy. Well, for the poor, they are. In China, forced abortions are the way to progress. Well, they are if you’re poor:
Those people with two children are those who are better off,” said Hu, 32, dropping her six-year-old son off at kindergarten. “The majority of people in my village only have one child.”
Advocates of reforming China’s one-child policy use Hu and millions like her as evidence that relaxing the law will not lead to a surge of births in the world’s most populous nation.
Jiuquan has a birth rate of 8 to 9 per 1,000 people, lower than the national average of about 12 births per 1,000 people. The policy, implemented since 1980 alongside reforms that have led to rapid economic expansion, is increasingly being seen as an impediment to growth and the harbinger of social problems.
The country’s labor force, at about 930 million, will start declining in 2025 at a rate of about 10 million a year, projections show. Meanwhile, China’s elderly population will hit 360 million by 2030, from about 200 million in 2013.
“If this goes on, there will be no taxpayers, no workers and no caregivers for the elderly,” said Gu Baochang, a demography professor at Renmin University.
Solution: be rich.
Everywhere it has happened, everywhere this species of ours has gone from rural and Malthusian destitution to a bourgeois urban middle classness, the population growth rate has fallen like a stone. Indeed, so much so that it becomes the population contraction rate. It doesn’t actually need you and Jonny Porritt demanding full body condoms for all. It only requires that people know they can eat three times a day, have a roof over their heads and that there’s a decent chance that all the children they do have will survive into adulthood…
And amazingly, we’ve also cracked this “Get Rich” commandment. We do know how to do this. The last 30 years show us that we do as well. In essence, globalised markets. That’s pretty much it actually. That is what has driven the largest reduction in poverty in the history of the species. Concurrent with which, and no, it ain’t just coincidence, we’ve seen every demographer rapidly revising down their numbers for future population.
Free trade will free the world!