The stresses we put on the planet are a product of individual demands on resources multiplied by the number of us there are. Ecologists are well aware of this and used to discuss it when I was a child. One of the reasons these concerns were dropped politically is because population control can be used as an excuse for a lot of nasty policy — racist immigration reforms, draconian meddling in personal fertility and tax structures that punish children who are in no way to blame for being alive.
Still, plenty of sensible voices lament silencing of the issue, which is serious. And many of these have been unhappy about the Green Party’s refusal to address this issue. I’ve heard this concern expressed at the door at least four times while canvassing – and I’ve been proud to say that at the last Green Party of Canada AGM, we adopted a sensible population policy that recognizes the problem, yet proposes to address it in ways that are non-intrusive and which enable rather than punish the most disadvantaged people on the planet. Read more »