Thursday, August 28, 2008

Malthusian Nonsense Alert: "Save the Planet — Have Fewer Kids"

From The Chicago Tribune:
LONDON — There are plenty of ways to cut your carbon footprint, whether it's driving less or buying an energy-efficient refrigerator. But the British Medical Journal, in an editorial last month, urged a more controversial one: having fewer children.

With 60 million people already living in one of the most densely populated countries in the world, the journal said, British couples should aim to have no more than two children as part of their contribution to worldwide efforts to reduce carbon emissions, stem climate change and ease demands on the world's resources.

Limiting family size is "the simplest and biggest contribution anyone can make to leaving a habitable planet for our grandchildren," the editorial's authors said.

Family planning as a means to reduce climate change has been little talked about in international climate forums, largely because it is so politically sensitive.
[ED.: Please. It's talked about quite regularly among many population control zealots and global climate change alarmists, including many NGOs affiliated with the United Nations. See the links below.] China's leaders, however, regularly argue that their country should get emission reduction credits because of their one-child policy, and many environmentalists—and even a growing number of religious and ethics scholars—say the biblical command to "be fruitful and multiply" needs to be balanced against Scripture calling for stewardship of the Earth.

My Comments:
Yes, we should all be just like Communist China.

Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
Deacon Fournier Reviews Population Controllers

Malthusian Nonsense Alert: Babies a Drag on the Economy, Report Says

Darwin Catholic: "Want Sustainable? Try a Family"

Malthusian Nonsense in the Extreme: "When Should You Die?"

Population Control Movement is "Number One Violator of Human Rights," Author Claims

USAToday Columnist: Religion is Killing the Planet

The Pitter-Patter of Carbon Footprints ...

Cardinal Pell Criticizes Australian Medical Ass'n for Publishing Letter Advocating Carbon Tax on Children

Professor Solves Global Warming: Let’s Tax Reproduction

Global Alarming Update: Focus on So-Called "Carbon Footprint" Anti-Family

Malthusian Nonsense from "Global Warming" Alarmists

Cardinal Pell on Global Warming Alarmists: "Scaremongers" and "Zealots"

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At 8/28/2008 1:34 PM, Blogger PB said...

I AGREE! The people that believe that crap should have fewer children, so that mine will out vote them as adults.

At 8/28/2008 5:25 PM, Blogger Brian said...

Well, over here on the eastern side of Ohio, the Diocese of Steubenville has declared the science behind global warming to be "irrefutable."

See here:

At 8/28/2008 11:29 PM, Blogger Tito Edwards said...

Karl Marx has inspired many useful idiots to promote this claptrap.

At 9/04/2008 5:14 AM, Anonymous Eliz said...

In the late 1960s the world population was about 3.5 billion.

Today, just 40 years on, the world population is 6.6 billion.

While the population of the developed world is expected to remain virtually unchanged over the next 40 years, around 1.2 billion, the UN report World Population Prospects suggests that, if recent fertility rates remain constant, the population of the developing world could grow to 10.6 billion by 2050. This would mean a global population of nearly 12 billion by 2050.

This graph shows the dramatic population growth this century:

How can the environment survive the impact of this potential human population growth? Many countries are already facing food shortages and environmental problems associated with widespread deforestation.

Human population growth is out of control and if we continue on this irresponsible path future generations will suffer the consequences.


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