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How do you solve overpopulation?

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2008-12-26 23:08:38

The concerns with overpopulation is that there are getting to be

too many people for each of us to get enough resources to live our

lives free of hunger and disease. To have the energy to manufacture

goods and keep warm. To have places to live, water to drink, social

amenities like schols and hospitals. To many of us for all our

waste to be treated.

The answer to overpopulation is to maintain the number of people

to the point that there is enough of a population to create the

social and lifestyle conditions we want, but not so many that the

resources cannot meet their needs

That gets us to the biggest problem with finding or enacting a


Overpopulation is a problem usually expressed as there being too

many of "them". "We" are okay.

As a consequence all of the answers to overpopulation are met

with the same responses as the proposals for control of global


* There is no problem. * Why should "we" put ourselves out when

"they" are just going to eat up any improvement we make. * We're

okay, let "them" solve their own problems. * We will eventually

solve the problem without population control by developing new

technical answers * It's too big to tackle.

Observations of nature suggest that the problem of

overpopulation will eventually sort itself out. When any population

gets too big it suffers from a massive die off due to disease or

social stress. In the case of human beings we could add war to the

list. This could get messy as these solutions will impact

everybody, not just "them". Also there is a tendency for natural or

uncontrolled solutions to over-correct the problem. Instead of our

present several billion folks we could end up with a few hundred

thousand - enough to breed and continue the species, but not enough

to continue the civilization or the technology.

So what can we do? As individuals, very little. As individual

countries, not much more. As a majority of the human race


We'd have to agree to:

* Work together for a solution. * Share what we have until we

get to the solution. * Abide by the solution after it is


The"solution" is the hard part. Writers of science fiction have

come up with man, but none seem overly pleasant. Controlling birth

by universal birth control, licensing or social pressure is often

mentioned. Reducing medical care for the infirm is a potential

solution that flies in the face of humanitarians. Some writers even

suggest making life or death lottery choices a routine event

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