Progress best prescription for people plague

Gareth Morgan has got the fur flying and alienated all cat owners with his cats to go campaign which declares the felines animalia non-grata.

David Attenborough has gone further by declaring that people are a plague on earth.

The television presenter said that humans are threatening their own existence and that of other species by using up the world’s resources.

He said the only way to save the planet from famine and species extinction is to limit human population growth.

“We are a plague on the Earth. It’s coming home to roost over the next 50 years or so. It’s not just climate change; it’s sheer space, places to grow food for this enormous horde. Either we limit our population growth or the natural world will do it for us, and the natural world is doing it for us right now,” he told the Radio Times.

I won’t go as far as Not PC who says you first David  because as Tim Worstall points out there is a far better way than death to manage population growth:

. . . we do in fact know how to manage this process of curtailing growth in the number of humans.

Get rich.

Everywhere it has happened, everywhere this species of ours has gone from rural and Malthusian destitution to a bourgeois urban middle classness, the population growth rate has fallen like a stone. Indeed, so much so that it becomes the population contraction rate. It doesn’t actually need you and Jonny Porritt demanding full body condoms for all. It only requires that people know they can eat three times a day, have a roof over their heads and that there’s a decent chance that all the children they do have will survive into adulthood. Absent immigration there just isn’t any population growth in the rich world. Far from it, there’s contraction (to be absolutely accurate you have to adjust for it taking until the second generation of immigrants to reduce childbirth down to the rate of the indigenes). . .

Yes, those of the deep, dark, anti-progress, anti-people persuasion might not like it but the best prescription for the people population plague is progress of the economic kind.

I’m not sure what affect it will have on the cat population though.

3 Responses to Progress best prescription for people plague

  1. Andrei says:

    ……… a far better way than death to manage population growth:

    He is right the popuation of the developed Nations is in decline but it has taken a mass slaughter to accomplish this.

    Celebrating this day the Fortieth anniversaty of Roe vs Wade. Death toll from this 54 million souls, Americans sacrificed on the altar of “finding oneself through delaying adult responsibilty for as long as possible” etc

    Happiness is found in being able to upgrade your iPhone as soon as a new model becomes available.

    Of course once societies slip into self absorbed hedonism, the end is in sight, history tells us this, the Bible too.

    And just as the prophets of old were mocked, and spat upon when they warned the ways of the wicked would lead to their destruction, so it is today


  2. JC says:

    “Get rich.”

    Or, as the Father of the Green Revolution” Norman Borlaug showed.. increase crop production two to seven times on the same area of land and birthrates of poor people naturally decline because of food security.

    Almost from the year that Borlaug’s dwarf wheat started producing India’s birthrate declined to a point where it’s near half what it was in 1975.



  3. TraceyS says:

    It’s fine for someone the age of David Attenborough (87) to say “…the only way to save the planet from famine and species extinction is to limit human population growth.” He’s finished breeding.


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