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.
Ian Angus reviews Dave Foreman’s new book, Man Swarm and the Killing of Wildlife. It’s a compendium of every anti-human (and especially anti-immigrant) argument you’ll ever hear from a self-proclaimed conservationist.
When you invoke the language of “overpopulation,” of “too many people,” of “can’t feed ’em, don’t breed em,” you promote programs that profoundly harm women of color, poor women, indigenous women, and women in the global south.
reviewed by Judy Deutsch. “Too Many People” is invaluable for people concerned about climate change, climate justice, environmental racism, and system change.
by Fred Magdoff. If population growth is causing the environmental crisis, here’s a simple 3-step solution that would actually work …
Feminist writer Eleanor J. Bader says new book by Ian Angus and Simon Butler is “a clear and convincing challenge to the idea of population control as political necessity”
“This book should be on the shelf of every active socialist, as well as anyone serious about tackling climate change” – Stephen Jolly
Since we can’t stop poor people from breeding, let’s build fences to keep them out. And let’s ask the world’s biggest polluters to pay for the fences. (more…)
Veteran British socialist Alan Thornett has published a highly critical review of the new book Too Many People? Population, Immigration, and the Environmental Crisis. Here is his critique, followed by a reply from the book’s authors, Ian Angus and Simon Butler. ‘TOO MANY PEOPLE?’ A REVIEW by Alan Thornett Socialist Resistance, January 2, 2012 As a […]
Once we recognize that human beings are not bound to single ecological solutions, but can choose among several, liberating and democratic social action can follow. But if we elevate ecology from a biological science to a principle of social governance, the political consequences are invariably repressive. A lecture given by Barry Commoner, author of The Closing […]
Instead of confronting the system that creates poverty and causes environmental degradation, the population controllers aim to eliminate the poor. (more…)
Green Left Weekly asked various people to name the best books published this year (more…)
“Too Many People? is not disheartening or alarmist, as some books about climate change can be. It is assertive, passionate and a key reference for arming ourselves against those, on the right and the left, who talk about population control.” (more…)
This timely work methodically reviews and demolishes the pseudo-science of Populationism … reinforcing humanist and internationalist arguments exposing the methods and politics and pseudo-statistics of populationist organisations
Betsy Hartmann and Katie McKay Bryson of the Population and Development Program reply to Kieran Suckling of the Center for Biological Diversity. (more…)
Their central argument – that it is not simply our numbers, but how our society is organized to benefit only few – is one that needs to be heard in the environmental movement (more…)
The head of Optimum Population Trust has set a new record for comments in one day. Should we feel complimented? (more…)