Ian Angus reviews two books that predict demographic disaster. One says there are too many babies, the other says there aren’t enough.
Populationist groups are trying to split Australian environmentalism with a coordinated anti-immigrant campaign
Under the guise of women’s rights, billionaires are promoting population control in sub-Saharan Africa
Ian Angus and Simon Butler reply to a critic who says their opposition to population control puts them in the anti-environment, pro-corporate camp.
Ethiopia has forcibly displaced hundreds of thousands of indigenous people from their lands to make way for giant plantations
The British broadcaster blames poverty and hunger on the overbreeding poor
Can elementary geometry explain environmental problems? Actually, no.
Simon Butler tells a populationist meeting that the super-rich are the real ecological vandals
When most writers were blaming individual behaviour or overpopulation for pollution, this pioneering radical environmentalist exposed the role of capitalism and profit.
Too Many People? rebuts claims that population is the source of environmental crisis. Since capitalism is the problem, the fight for a sustainable society must be at the centre of the struggle against austerity
Yes it’s possible … if we do agriculture right
The Swiss ecosocialist journal A l’encontre (La Breche) translates Chapter 11 of ‘Too Many People?’
“The Malthus Myth” and “What’s causing the environmental crisis” now online in French
“Conventional people are roused to fury by departures from convention, largely because they regard such departures as a criticism of themselves.” -Bertrand Russell
Journalist Laura Kaminker posts an independent summary of our arguments against populationism
Overpopulation ideology undermined the environmental movement in the 1970s, diverting social protest into harmless channels. To prevent a similar setback today, we must understand populationism’s conservative role, and why it is attractive to a growing number of green activists.
Betsy Hartmann: On World Population Day, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation hosts an international meeting that blames poor women for the social ills caused by the rich and powerful. Human rights activists fear this heralds a serious backslide to the bad old days of coercive contraception and population control.
There are definitely too many other people.
Tens of millions of pounds of UK aid money has been spent forcibly sterilizing Indian women. Many have died being mistreated, causing outrage from those who suspect Britain simply wants to curb the country’s population for ulterior motives.
The Royal Society’s People and the Planet report is rich in numbers but sadly lacking in social analysis or understanding. It doesn’t explain poverty or the environmental crisis … but it does expose the narrowness of populationist thought.