7 Billion People and Counting: Concerns From Around the World

PopulationGreat roundup of opinion found in the Detroit Free Press:

What’s the biggest issue facing humanity as the global population reaches seven billion?

Montreal’s Le Devoir newspaper asked for an answer from correspondents around the world. Here are the replies, including a link to that from the Free Press. Note the recurring theme of fresh water, not a problem here in the Great Lakes region, but a critical issue for millions of people in many regions.

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43 Comments on "7 Billion People and Counting: Concerns From Around the World"

  1. How about age limits?

  2. How about age limits?

  3. Reptoids | Nov 1, 2011 at 1:43 am |

    How about Malthusian fascism?

  4. How about Malthusian fascism?

  5. How about Birthing Permits.

  6. How about Birthing Permits.

  7. Misinformation | Nov 1, 2011 at 5:11 am |

    I’m not sold on overpopulation. Maybe over population of greedy, ignorant people. As in, a large portion of “western” (yes, that’s a loaded general term)culture. But overpopulation in a real, person-per-needs circumstance, not convinced.

  8. Misinformation | Nov 1, 2011 at 1:11 am |

    I’m not sold on overpopulation. Maybe over population of greedy, ignorant people. As in, a large portion of “western” (yes, that’s a loaded general term)culture. But overpopulation in a real, person-per-needs circumstance, not convinced.

    • Jin The Ninja | Nov 1, 2011 at 2:43 am |

      i agree, i think it’s vast over consumption and resource exploitation (inequitable share of resources).

      I saw David Harvey speak about this very subject last fall, and he and his audience seemed completely oblivious to the statistics of resource division and how post-industrial economies (yes, the ‘West’…) and consumerism are explicit in their plundering and waste of resources.

      While i do not think our system (as it were) is ABLE to support 7 billion people, I think a much closer look at the root causes would demonstrate our capitalist economic system is inherently unsustainable at the very least in an environmental context (saying nothing of social, cultural or mental sustainability)…

  9. Anonymous | Nov 1, 2011 at 6:09 am |

    World War.

    War is Mankind’s population control mechanism.

  10. Redacted | Nov 1, 2011 at 2:09 am |

    World War.

    War is Mankind’s population control mechanism. We just need to find someone willing to order the deaths of 4 billion people, to start with.Someone willing to be more villified than Hitler, Stalin and Mao combined, and for good reason.

    Oil. Oil will be the catalyst. May God save us, if he exists.

    Assuming the war is non-Nuclear, as would be necessary to maintain a habitable Planet afterwards, that will take one hell of a war. It would be more than all deaths in Human wars ever, combined. Probably double or triple the amount. Maybe 10 times.

  11. Mortimer | Nov 1, 2011 at 6:37 am |

    How about less fucking? Well, at least the kind that spits out another knuckle-dragging human after 9 months.

  12. Mortimer | Nov 1, 2011 at 2:37 am |

    How about less fucking? Well, at least the kind that spits out another knuckle-dragging human after 9 months.

  13. Anonymous | Nov 1, 2011 at 6:43 am |

    i agree, i think it’s vast over consumption and resource exploitation (inequitable share of resources).

    I saw David Harvey speak about this very subject last fall, and he and his audience seemed completely oblivious to the statistics of resource division and how post-industrial economies (yes, the ‘West’…) and consumerism are explicit in their plundering and waste of resources.

    While i do not think our system (as it were) is ABLE to support 7 billion people, I think a much closer look at the root causes would demonstrate our capitalist economic system is inherently unsustainability at the very least in an environmental context (saying nothing of social, cultural or mental sustainability)…

  14. Simiantongue | Nov 1, 2011 at 8:21 am |

    Carousel  Carousel Carousel !!!!

  15. Simiantongue | Nov 1, 2011 at 4:21 am |

    Carousel  Carousel Carousel !!!!

  16. Anonymous | Nov 1, 2011 at 12:18 pm |

    More people die annualy from suicide than warfare (and that stat would work factoring in WWII deaths as well)

  17. We DO NOT have a “population problem”! We have a space management problem. High density urban crowding, while rural sectors remain underdeveloped and empty. Also with science utilized as a sophisticated form of overcoming limitation rather than bombing each other to hell, we can inhabit new areas of earth such as the ocean, underground and even the open sky. Think about. The planet is about 70% covered in water. WE have plenty of room and the technological means to inhabit those spaces. Instead we use science as a military weapon creating huge battleships on the ocean when we can be building whole cities on the water instead!

  18. We DO NOT have a “population problem”! We have a space management problem. High density urban crowding, while rural sectors remain underdeveloped and empty. Also with science utilized as a sophisticated form of overcoming limitation rather than bombing each other to hell, we can inhabit new areas of earth such as the ocean, underground and even the open sky. Think about. The planet is about 70% covered in water. WE have plenty of room and the technological means to inhabit those spaces. Instead we use science as a military weapon creating huge battleships on the ocean when we can be building whole cities on the water instead!

  19. We DO NOT have a “population problem”! We have a space management problem. High density urban crowding, while rural sectors remain underdeveloped and empty. Also with science utilized as a sophisticated form of overcoming limitation rather than bombing each other to hell, we can inhabit new areas of earth such as the ocean, underground and even the open sky. Think about. The planet is about 70% covered in water. WE have plenty of room and the technological means to inhabit those spaces. Instead we use science as a military weapon creating huge battleships on the ocean when we can be building whole cities on the water instead!

  20. We DO NOT have a “population problem”! We have a space management problem. High density urban crowding, while rural sectors remain underdeveloped and empty. Also with science utilized as a sophisticated form of overcoming limitation rather than bombing each other to hell, we can inhabit new areas of earth such as the ocean, underground and even the open sky. Think about. The planet is about 70% covered in water. WE have plenty of room and the technological means to inhabit those spaces. Instead we use science as a military weapon creating huge battleships on the ocean when we can be building whole cities on the water instead!

  21. Open up your ears i got an answer for you!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zrv2FuajJZ8

    now I think you know exactly how we feel..a sandwich is a sandwich but your grandpa’s a meal!

  22. We could start in New Jersey!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJAlIHsXcLY

  23. Anonymous | Nov 1, 2011 at 10:52 pm |

    Too many people?  Yeah, that’s a problem.

    Not enough Human Beings?  That’s a fr*ckin’ crisis.

  24. Liam_McGonagle | Nov 1, 2011 at 6:52 pm |

    Too many people?  Yeah, that’s a problem.

    Not enough Human Beings?  That’s a fr*ckin’ crisis.

  25. Anonymous | Nov 2, 2011 at 6:52 am |

    Obviously WW2 is the only war that has ever happened.

  26. Anonymous | Nov 2, 2011 at 6:52 am |

    Obviously WW2 is the only war that has ever happened.

  27. Anonymous | Nov 2, 2011 at 6:54 am |

    It is the most efficient way to kill Humans.

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