Within the framework of the current climate emergency, a group of scientists has published a study where, among other proposals to curb the frantic pace of climate change, it suggests the reducing the total population on the planet.
In other words, scientists say that reducing the number of people on Earth may “help reduce the fanatic pace of climate change.”
The researchers write in a study published in BioScience that they (scientists) have a moral obligation to clearly warn humanity of any catastrophic threat and to “tell it like it is.” On the basis of this obligation and the graphical indicators presented below, we declare, with more than 11,000 scientist signatories from around the world, clearly and unequivocally that planet Earth is facing a climate emergency.
Among other things, the study touches base on various culprits that cause accelerated limited change. Among them is unsustainable energy, pollution, food production, and last but not least population.
The scientists point out that Earths population is increasing by roughly 80 million people per year, or more than 200,000 per day and therefore the world population must be stabilized—and, ideally, gradually reduced—within a framework that ensures social integrity.
They point out that there are proven and effective policies that strengthen human rights while lowering fertility rates and lessening the impacts of population growth on GHG emissions and biodiversity loss.
Scientists say that in order to secure a sustainable future, we must change how we live, if we want to save the planet we all call home.
Accelerated human overpopulation isn’t something new.
In fact, in the distant past, people such as Tertullian, a citizen of the city of Carthage during the second century AD spoke out about the issues of overpopulation.
At the time, the global population was approximately 190 million people, which is around 3 to 4 % of the current population.
“What most frequently meets our view (and occasions complaint) is our teeming population. Our numbers are burdensome to the world, which can hardly support us . . . . In very deed, pestilence, and famine, and wars, and earthquakes have to be regarded as a remedy for nations, as the means of pruning the luxuriance of the human race…” Tertullian said.
In views of recent events such as the outbreak of the Coronavirus in China, some people could see diseases as one remedy to control overpopulation. In fact, conspiracies have already been woven around the idea that the Coronavirus outbreak was not a natural occurring disease, but rather one engineered on purpose in order to control overpopulation. In that view, the Coronavirus was “set free” in Asia, a continent where some of the largest overpopulated countries in the world exist.
According to certain estimates, the world population will continue to grow abruptly, and by the year 2040, scientists estimate that Earth’s population will reach 9 billion.
Here’s what a quick Google Search tells us about the current population of the planet.
Although overpopulation is an issue, mankind is almost developed sufficiently to take our race and migrate it to other places. By other places we mean space. Mars is one such option, and some see the Moon as an ideal place where millions of people could live in permanent bases either above or below the surface.
Elon Musk, Tesla and SpaceX CEO has already claimed that by the year 2050, around one million people could be living on Mars.
However, another option is to create space stations in orbit around the Earth and the Moon, where thousands of people could live.
So, what’s our best bet?