Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Best explanation of Overpopulation ever

The Per Square Mile Foundation explains resource usage and allocation- and what our choices really are for population.

We would need 5 earths to live like people do in the United Arab Emirates at our present population- but if we all lived like subsistence farmers in Bagladesh, we could support a population of 28 billion easily.

To me, this is the best argument yet for distributionism.


Sean Hurley said...

The idea that we are reaching a population crisis, that is as a species humans are overpopulating the planet, is becoming an increasingly held opinion. This would appear not to take into account that global population limits are dictated in large part by our social behaviour. Our world population has grown more since 1950 than it has in the previous four million years.
We must begin to understand the carrying capacity of our planet, but we also need to start making decisions about how we function as a society. The population limit for a society that is focused on an economy of infinite growth and one that is concerned with an intelligent systems approach to providing a high standard of living for our entire human family coupled with biosphere sustainability is two completely different things.

Theodore Seeber said...

The carrying capacity of our planet is likely larger than we think, but to make it larger we're going to need to identify the evolutionary purpose of every species, and trim off (exterminate) those species that are not a part of the human food chain. And this goes not only for the land- if we intelligently farmed the oceans, the standard of living of the UAE would become possible for all 7 billion.

Having said that, I think we'd have more people employed by going back down to the standard of living of Bangladesh- lower standards of living provide more labor, and thus, more employment.

Creative Commons License
Oustside The Asylum by Ted Seeber is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.
Based on a work at http://outsidetheaustisticasylum.blogspot.com.