[Taxacom] Pro-natalism vs. biodiversity
rjensen at saintmarys.edu
Thu Jan 28 09:10:15 CST 2010
David's point about educating women is right on target. But it's only
part of the solution.
As I see it, attempts to decrease each individual's impact are far
outpaced by the increase in the number of individuals. Thus, population
growth continues and resource overuse/abuse is a direct or indirect
consequence. Until we are able to establish exactly what standard of
living each person should have, at a minimum, there will continue to be
disparities in resource use and allocation and those disparities will
lead to greater habitat destruction.
Richard Jensen, Professor
Department of Biology
Saint Mary’s College
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Dr. David Campbell wrote:
> This is getting off-topic...
>> the main reason for today's
>> biodiversity decline is mainly due to humans advocating pronatalist
> More genocide needed? Or maybe a good epidemic? There are some
> significant ethical issues related to population control.
> The main reason for today's biodiversity declines is habitat
> destruction, which is related to population growth but more directly a
> function of economic activity (s.l.-many projects are not in fact
> economically viable but are marketed politically as helping the
> economy). On the one hand, there are the "make as much cash as
> possible right now without regard to sustainability" activities (e.g.,
> global warming denial); on the other, those who are impoverished, often
> reflecting economic injustice, who have no obvious chioce but to use up
> the local forest, etc. Population control is valuable, but the most
> effective long-term approach is improving the education and social
> status, especially of women.
> China's policies controlled population growth, but they are still
> losing species at an alarming rate because of unfettered environmental
> exploitation for economic gain. Decreasing the impact of each
> individual on the environment does more than decreasing the number of
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