EARTH IS FOR PEOPLE DAY — 22 April 2015

PRI hosted an “Earth is for People Day” event on 22 April. People could ask the president of PRI questions about the environment and population on Earth Day. https://www.facebook.com/events/375309469320756/ A War on Maternity Waged in the Name of Mother Earth: Babies are not pollution and need not be polluters I often come across persons who attempt to justify forced abortion, sterilization, and contraception because “We (that is, human beings) are destroying the planet”. They view people as pollution, and argue that it is necessary to violate reproductive rights to protect the planet from the beings who are despoiling it. Yet that logic is intrinsically flawed. Let us put it this way. Which of these do not belong: nitrous oxide, methane, Homo sapiens, or carbon dioxide? The obvious answer is: “Homo sapiens.” Pregnant women do not produce nitrous oxide. Childbirth does not generate methane. Carbon dioxide is not a “pollutant” at all, but a trace gas on which most life depends. Yes, any given infant may grow up to be a notorious polluter, just as he may grow up to, say, recklessly endanger the lives of others by driving drunk. But such behaviors are not foregone conclusions. Unlike nitrous oxide, methane, or carbon dioxide, human beings have free will. It is simply not true that more people equals more pollution. We have twice as many people living in the United States as we did in the early seventies, yet the skies over our major cities are clearer now than they were a half century ago. This is because the internal combustion engines that power our motor vehicles are no longer...

September – February 2014: Population

  FIND PAST HOMEPAGE TOPICS UNDER "CURRENT HEADLINES" IN THE LEFT MENU…     NEW! Why Normal People Should Care About “Baby Busts” Eradicating the Poor: Why Are Billionaires Paying for Abortion and Pushing Population Control? Russia’s Troubles Belie the Great Myth that Low Fertility Leads to a Healthy Society … Why Normal People Should Care About “Baby Busts” Long, long ago, when Anne’s parents were in college (sorry, mom and dad), demographers made an observation: they saw that for most of human history, even though couples were having far more than two children, mortality was also very high. The result was that populations either stayed the same or grew very slowly. Then, with the advent of modern medicine, our life expectancy doubled, and then doubled again. And, not unexpectedly, our population doubled, and then doubled again, as well. Population alarmists saw this doubling as the harbinger of catastrophe: “The world is ending!” “We’ll breed ourselves to death!” “Famine!” “No more personal space!” But demographers developed a theory: since fertility and mortality had complimented each other for most of human history, and demographers predicted that they would one day soon do so again. Mortality would fall first, and then fertility would follow. After a while, things would be back in balance. For a while, this theory of the “demographic transition” seemed to work just fine. Countries modernized, mortality fell, and fertility, after a lag, followed the same downward path. But instead of stabilizing at 2.1 children per couple or so—zero population growth—as the demographers expected, fertility continued to fall. A growing number countries—Romania, Greece, Japan, Taiwan, and the Ukraine among...

U.S. Population Falls to Dangerous Levels Below Replacement Rate

The fertility rate in the United States fell again to another record low in 2012, in part due to the recession that is making couples more reticent to consider having more children in their family. While abortion contributes to destroy more than one million unborn children on an annual basis in the USA, new figures from the CDC show the American population is at dangerously low levels — so low that the U.S. birth rate is below the replacement rate needed to sustain the population [replacement level is 2.1 children per couple per reproductive lifetime in developed nations].  ...

Canadian Research Group Foresees Demographic-Caused Economic Collapse of Asian Nations Including China

In its quarterly examination of the economic outlook for the world’s major economies, the Conference Board of Canada identifies rapidly aging populations coupled with well-below-replacement-level birth rates in the Asia-Pacific region as indicators that the once powerful economies of these countries are headed toward economic collapse. “Productivity gains and a large, young working-age population have done much to boost Asian economic growth over the past three decades. But Asia’s demographic dividend is quickly coming to an end. Due to fewer births and longer life expectancies, the average age of the population in Asia is increasing rapidly,” says Kip Beckman, principal economist and author of the Conference Board’s World Outlook-Spring 2013. Beckman points to Japan as an example of what will soon happen in China due to its impending population crash. Japan, says Beckman, has already arrived at the point of no return to which China is headed. While seven per cent of the population of China, Hong Kong and Taiwan is 65 years or older today, in Japan that demographic has increased to 23 per cent, Beckman says. By 2035, the median age in China will increase from 35 to 45 – equal to Japan’s current median age. Beckman notes that this demographic shift is especially prevalent in China due in part to the country’s one-child policy. The low birth rate due to the one-child policy is exacerbated, he suggests, by other factors that include a massive gender imbalance in the country because of sex-selective abortion. An analysis of sex-selective abortion in China and other East Asian countries by Dr. Therese Hesketh of the UCL Centre for International Health...