POPULATION'S LOSS IS EARTH'S GAIN
SAM SMITH - The Associated Press ran a story bemoaning the fact that Europe and Japan are on the cusp of population losses. You'll read more of this in the future. But as you do, bear two facts in mind:
- Nothing contributes more to global climate change and related problems than population growth. Yet it is rarely mentioned even by the ecologically aware.
- The primary reason for the economic problems associated with population loss is the economic system widely used which depends on ever-growing markets. Conventional capitalism needs population growth and, as a consequence, more global pollution. Again, even progressive economists do not give this the attention it deserves.