Thursday, January 31, 2008

Population Bombs

George Monbiot has redeemed himself ;-)

... I had a bit of a whinge, a few months ago, about his apparent lack of willingness to tackle the issue of population growth - well, he penned (what I think) is an excellent article in the Guardian a couple of days ago on the very subject.

The version on his own web-site is backed up with a series of very useful reference notes - here.

I couldn't agree more when he says in conclusion:
  • "to suggest ... that population growth is largely responsible for the ecological crisis is to blame the poor for the excesses of the rich" - quite correct
  • but nevertheless - "Stabilising or even reducing the human population would ameliorate almost all environmental impacts"

A global 'Tragedy of the Commons' is not inevitable.

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