L I N K China has had the policy in place for decades. One female, one child. It’s changed society in China. Is it limiting births that’s the issue or limiting who can have children?
It seems that the areas of the planet with the highest child birth rates are the places that can least afford it financially, environmentally, and socially in that many of these hot spots have more civil instability.
There are many concepts on this subject and it’s a bit disturbing, to me at least, to see this coming from Canada. Is Ms Francis suggesting that climate change is due to population size? Sure we know that pollution is an issue, but is it simply our existence in our numbers?
“China has proven that birth restriction is smart policy. Its middle class grows, all its citizens have housing, health care, education and food, and the one out of five human beings who live there are not overpopulating the planet.”
Well Ms Francis who will take care of the elderly if you drastically reduce the population? Here in Canada we’re paying more for child support in efforts to get more Canadians to have children, and in Russia there’s currently a depopulation crisis.
Advances in farming, and medical science are advancing our ability to feed our planet and extend our lives. If we could just evolve politically and socially maybe we all would have a chance to truly live and enjoy this blue marble we all share? There are technologies available now that could help feed millions if they were made available to willing populations. Advances in Green technology are our planets future. Water recovery; soil recovery, forest recovery all adds up.
China for example is having a bit of a crisis over city growth and a shortage of farm labor. Mother Earth has always been about balance. We need to listen to her more often rather than perhaps deprive ourselves of children.
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