Population Control and Climate Change, Part One: Too Many People?
Population control is once again being touted by some in the green movement as an answer to climate change and other environmental problems. By Phil Ward Why is population control an issue? There is a long history of intersection between the ecological movement and the advocates of population control. Sometimes, views on this issue are not explicitly reactionary, but still use terms and categories familiar to more trenchant population controllers, for example, the UK Green Party: "The UK casts its ecological footprint over the world, reflecting the real costs of a high, and still growing, population with high consumption." They link desired (lower) birth rates with sustainability and consumption levels with the "earth's carrying capacity." Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth appear not to take an official position on population control, but this means that they do not combat the reactionary positions put forward by the population control movement. The second reason that population
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