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Tag: overpopulation


CLIMATE: Pope forgets about overpopulation problem

I was surprised to see that Pope Francis is concerned with environmental degradation and climate change (TNT, 6-19).

I agree with his critique of consumerism, irresponsible development and reckless pursuit of profits as factors contributing to destruction of the environment, but I see no mention of the root cause for all of these, which is obviously overpopulation.

Pope Francis has the power to make an enormous contribution to the problem of overpopulation: Simply issue another “papal encyclical” reversing the Catholic Church’s ridiculous prohibition of birth control.


EARTH: Keep population numbers under control

Re: “Support Sumner/Bonney Lake schools levy” (letter, 1-12).

The writer expressed concern about the continued economic viability of our community. I am concerned about the continued livability of our planet. Having already passed a population of 7 billion, we have probably already exceeded the carrying capacity of the only habitat available to us.

If the threat of global warming is real (I think it is), and the activity of mankind is the cause ( I think it is), then more people will inevitably increase the threat. We do not need more people.

The writer has already entered five children

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BIRTH CONTROL: Humane way to curb population

Anyone who follows the news has, no doubt, noticed the very spirited debate on contraception – to use or not to use, to fund or not to fund. And after a month or so of charges and counter-charges – faith-based, secular and political – it seems to have ended in a stalemate.

Whether women gained additional rights or insurance-covered contraception, I’m not sure, but I do believe they won a moral victory. Daring to speak truth to power was courageous and, in time, I believe, will benefit all of us.

As fellow inhabitants of an overcrowded planet, we all face

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WORLD POPULATION: Growth rate is truly scary

If you want to do something scary in keeping with the Halloween spirit, punch up “world population growth” on your computer.

When I learned that there are 7 billion people on the Earth, I wondered if the figure had doubled in my lifetime (78 years).  No, it hasn’t doubled, it has tripled.

With many now facing starvation in some parts of the world, it is hard to imagine how grim the future will be if the growth rate continues. And, to compound the problem, the projected growth rate is highest in the regions that are already in dire straits.


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CLIMATE: Focus more on population control

Re: “Science shows humans causing change” (letter, 4-17).

The writer suggests conservation, energy efficiency and alternative energy sources as the focus for mitigating climate change.

Since it was indicated that humans were causing the climate change, it seems obvious that the focus should be on slowing down the head-long race to overpopulate this one small planet–  effective education and birth control. It is people who use energy sources (all of them) and release greenhouse gases. More people equal faster global warming.