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  1. Jeff White November 18, 2011 at 2:36 am |

    Simon Ross says:

    For much of the world, being a women and getting pregnant leads to an early grave.

    Your lot should be happy about this. Isn’t sending people to an early grave just the ticket for reducing population in a situation where longevity rather than fertility is driving population growth?

    Or would you rather kill them off by other means?

  2. Simon Ross November 17, 2011 at 4:21 pm |

    “Universal access to birth control should be a fundamental human right”

    Yes, but you don’t talk much about it. Is there a post category on this blog for family planning, or reproductive health, or feminism or even women? For much of the world, being a women and getting pregnant leads to an early grave. Have I missed you coverage of this?

  3. Simon Ross November 17, 2011 at 3:54 pm |

    “Even in the rich countries of the Global North, most environmental destruction is caused not by individuals or households, but by mines, factories, and power plants run by corporations that care more about profit than about humanity’s survival.”

    Without consumption, there ain’t no production, as Marx might have said. In other words, if it wasn’t for the ever growing numbers of consumers, corporations wouldn’t be incentivised to invest in all these mines, factories and power plants. And any social system would have mines, factories and power plants. The biggest need for population reductions should obviously be in the high consuming countries. Do please think about causal linkages.

  4. Rory Short October 27, 2011 at 11:56 am |

    Good post. I wonder whether readers of this blog know about ‘The International Simultaneous Organisation [www.simpol.org]‘? In my view every person on earth who is at all concerned about our future on this globe should become a Simpol Adopter. Such an action will be a fundamental addition to anybodies useful actions of planetary concern.

    Simpol provides a wholly democratic means of making individual politicians and thus political parties and then national governments recognise that it is in their best electoral interests to subscribe to the global policies advanced by the members of Simpol and only implementable when a sufficient number of national governments are comprised of people who have taken the Simpol pledge thus making these policies simultaneously implementable.

  5. EyeOnWales October 27, 2011 at 5:22 am |

    It’s somewhere inbetween the numbers and the one percent. It is a human attitude issue. Take away the one percent at the top of the tree, there are plenty of percentage boundaries below, full of greed and self obsession to step up to the plate. Human attitudes towards each other are key to the problem. The numbers of 7 billion and more can easily be managed, the problem is that we are too driven by greed to want to manage it, and that will lead to an inevitable population clash in the coming decade, as resources are outstripped by demand, not because we do not have them, but because we refuse to share them because of profit.

  6. Steve Clark October 26, 2011 at 5:40 pm |

    Thank you for the good work on helping people understand how to be effective in their attempts to make the world a better place.
    The information on the military is also important for people to understand because it is their tax money, the fruits of their labor that is being used not only to kill innocent people but to do environmental damage.
    I would like to point out that in the case of many extractive industries these companies are not doing damage because they want to harm the environment but because we pay them to bring us energy and resources.

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