Boris Johnson has an article in todayâ€™s Daily Telegraph on overpopulation in the world and how policy makers are ignoring the potential consequences:
“The primary challenge facing our species is the reproduction of our species itself.
The world’s population is now 6.7 billion, roughly double what it was when I was born. If I live to be in my mid-eighties, then it will have trebled in my lifetime.
The UN last year revised its forecasts upwards, predicting that there will be 9.2 billion people by 2050, and I simply cannot understand why no one discusses this impending calamity, and why no world statesmen have the guts to treat the issue with the seriousness it deserves.
How the hell can we witter on about tackling global warming, and reducing consumption, when we are continuing to add so relentlessly to the number of consumers? The answer is politics, and political cowardice.”
Now I am not trying to say that Boris Johnson should be considered progressive. Rather, what should the progressive line on overpopulation be? Are condoms and education enough? Do we have a right, or a responsibility, to dictate to the developing world (where most of the population growth is occurring) about how many children they should have? What are the alternatives?
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