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POPULATION: The Multiplier of Everything Else by William Ryerson

POPULATION: The Multiplier of Everything Else by William Ryerson

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"When it comes to controversial issues, population is in a class by itself.

Advocates and activists working to reduce global population growth and size are attacked by the Left for supposedly ignoring human-rights issues, glossing over Western overconsumption, or even seeking to reduce the number of people of color. They are attacked by the Right for supposedly favoring widespread abortion, promoting promiscuity via sex education, or wanting to harm economic growth. Others think the problem has been solved, or believe that the real problem is that we have a shortage of people (the so-called “birth dearth”). Still others think the population problem will solve itself, or that technological innovations will make our numbers irrelevant.

One thing is certain: The planet and its resources are finite, and it cannot support an infinite population of humans or any other species.

A second thing is also certain: The issue of population is too important to avoid just because it is controversial."
"When it comes to controversial issues, population is in a class by itself.

Advocates and activists working to reduce global population growth and size are attacked by the Left for supposedly ignoring human-rights issues, glossing over Western overconsumption, or even seeking to reduce the number of people of color. They are attacked by the Right for supposedly favoring widespread abortion, promoting promiscuity via sex education, or wanting to harm economic growth. Others think the problem has been solved, or believe that the real problem is that we have a shortage of people (the so-called “birth dearth”). Still others think the population problem will solve itself, or that technological innovations will make our numbers irrelevant.

One thing is certain: The planet and its resources are finite, and it cannot support an infinite population of humans or any other species.

A second thing is also certain: The issue of population is too important to avoid just because it is controversial."

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The Post Carbon Reader Series: Population
Population: The Multiplierof Everything Else
By William N. Ryerson
 
About the Author
 William Ryerson is founder and president of Population Media Centerand president of thePopulation Institute. He has worked for nearly forty years in the field of reproductive health, including two decades of experi-ence adapting the Sabido methodology for behaviorchange communications to various cultural settings worldwide. In 2006, he was awarded the Nafis SadikPrize for Courage from the Rotarian Action Group onPopulation and Development. Ryerson is a Fellow of Post Carbon Institute.Post Carbon Institute© 2010613 4th Street, Suite 208Santa Rosa, California 95404 USAThis publication is an excerpted chapter from
The Post Carbon Reader: Managing the 21st Century’sSustainability Crises
, Richard Heinberg and DanielLerch, eds. (Healdsburg, CA: Watershed Media, 2010).For other book excerpts, permission to reprint, and purchasing visithttp://www.postcarbonreader.com.
 
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 When it comes to controversial issues, population is ina class by itself.Advocates and activists working to reduce global popu-lation growth and size are attacked by the Left for sup- posedly ignoring human-rights issues, glossing over Western overconsumption, or even seeking to reducethe number of people of color. They are attacked bythe Right for supposedly favoring widespread abortion, promoting promiscuity via sex education, or wanting toharm economic growth. Others think the problem hasbeen solved, or believe that the real problem is that wehave a
 shortage
of people (the so-called “birth dearth”).Still others think the population problem will solveitself, or that technological innovations will make ournumbers irrelevant.One thing is certain: The planet and its resources arefinite, and it cannot support an infinite population of humans or any other species. A second thing is also cer-tain: The issue of population is too important to avoid just because it is controversial.
The Magnitude of the Problem
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The world’s population is growing by about 80 million people annually—the equivalent of adding a new Egyptevery year. The total population is approaching 7 bil-lion, seven times what it was in 1800. Every day approx-imately 156,000 people die, but 381,000 are born—anet daily growth of 225,000 human beings.The cost in human suffering that results fromunplanned and excessive childbearing is staggering:500,000 women and girls die worldwide every yearfrom pregnancy and childbirth
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—a figure equal to allof the U.S. deaths in World War I, World War II, theKorean War, and the Vietnam War combined. Most of the women who die are in their teens and early twen-ties, forced by their societies into bearing children too young and far too frequently.But the developing world is so capital starved owing inlarge part to its high population growth rate that allo-cating some portion of government budgets to repro-ductive health care is often extremely difficult. Forits part, the developed world as a whole has failed tocome close to meeting the commitments for popula-tion assistance made at the International Conferenceon Population and Development in Cairo in 1994. Toachieve the commitments made in Cairo, both devel-oped and developing countries would need to tripletheir current contributions. The lives of billions of peo- ple are being rendered increasingly desperate by being denied access to family-planning information and ser- vices they want and need.
 
The planet and itsresources are nite, andit cannot support an innitepopulation of humansor any other species.

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