There are still people who think that the world is overpopulated. Prince Harry and Megan Markle are planning on only having two children to help keep the ecosystem sustainable. The Guardian said about this, “So, of all the lifestyle choices you could make, having one less child is by far the best option.”
Sadly, this is about the worst thing we could do. The Guardian, and many others are worried about our ‘carbon footprint’. For some reason, they want us to think that the developed world is responsible for majority of CO2 in our atmosphere. But if you look at the data, it is the under-developed countries that are responsible for all of the increase in CO2.
And most of the other under-developed countries are increasing their CO2 output as well. (And I don’t blame them. They need more energy to become modern, prosperous, healthy countries).
One can worry about CO2 emissions or not, but there is virtually nothing that the developed countries can do about it.
Here is a huge problem that more and more people are realizing: under-population in developed countries is becoming a disaster.
Consider this graph of population growth:
It takes 2.1 children per woman to maintain a population. But by the end of the century, world population will begin to decline. Worse, population decline is already happening in most developed countries.
Why is this bad? Countries depend on current workers to support their Social Security and Medicare-type programs. Low fertility rates means fewer workers and more retirees.
Countries around the world are beginning to reckon with a years-long drop in new births that has skewed population demographics heavily toward older age groups.
In a more local perspective, some cities are already reckoning with the challenges of precipitous drops in new births, including “ghost cities” in China and maternity wards with too few births to justify staying open in Italy. Some South Korean universities have so few students that the government is pressuring them to merge with others, and entire towns where deaths outnumber births are being consolidated in Japan.
Japan sells more adult diapers than baby diapers.
Look about what Elon Musk says about this:
It is true that too many children are being born in the Middle East and Africa, causing many problems for them. But outside of those areas, population declines are causing a huge problem.
Here’s my request of you, my dear readers: If you are a loving, married couple, please have lots of children. That means at least 3 and preferably more. Yes, kids cost money. But out great-grandparents were poor and had 6 to 8 children, and they worked it out.
NO! I don’t want to hear any excuses….
Tim Farage is a Professor and Graduate Advisor in the Computer
Science Department at The University of Texas at Dallas. He writes about
mathematics, computer science, physics, chemistry, the reconciliation
between science and spirituality, Intelligent Design, and the
application of Natural Law to our various systems such as education,
government and economics.