A popular argument for the - wait, what should I call them? Pro-procreates? Pro-population? Natalists? I feel like calling them anti-Nature, because they seem to think the world can just keep going, and are not hearing the groans of it under the weight of us. OK, more on that another time. Suggestions welcome. A popular argument for those who DON'T think we need to slam the brakes on population is that the planet can handle a lot more than we have now. Let's turn back to Mr. Butler and his point of view for an example. He says:
This really stumps me. We aren't feeding all the people who are here already. Starvation is a huge problem. And with the addition of climate change - floods, droughts, heat, etc - the future of crops becomes a little iffy. How do we feed 10 billion people if a portion of the 7 billion is starving? Yes, yes, in a perfect world where everything is working properly and there is no greed and there are no dictators and there is no poverty... sure, in that world, everyone is fed. We don't have that world. We can say we want to work toward that world, but really, when is that going to happen? I just don't have that much faith in humanity. Isn't it more logical to figure out how to feed the 7 billion or less, before we try to feed billions more? "...but only if we move to a very different food system." Is this move happening? Is it going to? Can we be sure of that? What evidence do we have that we CAN do so?
There is no proof that we can feed 10 billion people. Because we are not feeding 7 billion. If we were feeding 7 billion, I could try to accept that this shift is possible. It is not. Let's stop trying to pretend that it is, and deal with the numbers we have now. To do otherwise is to heap more strain and suffering on the species and the planet.
So, yes, I feel the need to say that the planet IS full, and until we can play nice with it, we need to stop adding more with misguided thoughts that it will all be OK. Learn to do it right first. That'd be different. Yeah. Let's try that for awhile.
Quotes courtesy of http://climateandcapitalism.com/2009/05/30/ by Simon Butler of Green Left Weekly. Maybe he has changed his mind by now.