IS THE WORLD’S POPULATION A THREAT?

Some time today, somewhere in the world, Earth’s population will reach seven billion, according to the United Nations.

Remember back in the sixties when alarmists said world population growth would lead to famine, starvation and wars.  None of that has happened.

On the contrary, since the 1950’s average life expectancy around the world has jumped an astonishing 20 years, going from 48 to 68 thanks to improved health and nutrition.  Infant mortality hass dropped like a stone, from 133 deaths per 1,000 births in the 1950’s to today’s rate of 46 pet 1,000.

Fertility has also been cut in half from six births per women to less than three.

However, unchecked populations in some African countries still pose a threat.  But we know how to control populations  – better health, education and reproductive services  for women and girls.  (The biggest threat here is the Catholic church’s teaching on birth control).

Our emphasis now should be on the nearly two billion young people growing up in poverty.

Is the world’s population a threat?

What  do you think?

6 Comments »

  1. 1

    Yes!

  2. 2

    “Remember back in the sixties when alarmists said world population growth would lead to famine, starvation and wars. None of that has happened.”

    Neil, are you not paying attention to what is happening in the world today? Just because it’s not happening on your street does not mean it’s not happening in other places. Like Africa and Asia.

  3. 3
    Neil McKenty Says:

    Lady Janus,

    The apocolyptic prophecies referred to world wars – and we have not had one of those for more than 60 years.

  4. 4
    Barbara Says:

    Neil, most of the conflicts in the world today are due to a shortage of oil or water or food or arable land. While population is not the sole cause, it is a contributing one. Does it have to be a “world war” to get one’s attention? “World wars” might have been a product of the last century’s geopolitical make up.

  5. 5

    Most of the wars, recently have been about money/ lack of it (despots) and religion. The onslaught of Islam is worrisome because it is fanatical in many countries. (I refer to the 17 virgins variety)
    The famines are nothing new in the world, but we are seeing them played out on TV daily.
    I am starting to wonder if our intervention is part of the problem.
    We don’t seem to solve anything, we just delay the inevitable a generation!

  6. 6

    “The apocolyptic prophecies referred to world wars – and we have not had one of those for more than 60 years.”

    Well, first off, how do you know the prophecies redfer to world wars?

    And second, is everyone in the world not at war with someone, somewhere, all the time, now?

    What does it take?


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