Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Steven Kotler from the Psychology Today blog ignores global aging and claims that adults should stop having children in order to save the environment

Those who are having kids, are being selfish and stealing from the future, the rest of humanity, and “every living thing on the earth,” he wrote. Have too many kids and you should go to jail.

He is a best selling author and an advocate of controlling population growth. His latest solution: a five-year moratorium on having kids. Kotler’s reasoning is that the planet is running out of resources. “You think the economy is bad now – wait a few years,” Kotler said. “Wait until we’re almost completely out of oil and food and water and available land ... we need to lose 4.4 billion people and we need to lose them fast.”

Steven Kotler has failed to take into account the greed of a few who use too many resources and pillage the earth while ignoring the serious problem of global aging.

Last year the United Nations released its global population estimates, revealing an alarming population shift that will have serious worldwide consequences within the near future. The report projects that by 2050, those aged 60 and over will comprise one third of the population in developed regions. These numbers will have a serious effect on the working population, which will be forced to bear an increasingly heavy burden of retirees. Global aging, combined with plummeting birth rates, is a catastrophically dangerous menace that only a few people seem to be waking up to.

This video describes how the slowdown in the growth of the number of children coupled with the steady increase in the number of older persons has deeply impacted the balance of society.

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Jonathan Porritt chairman of Britain's Sustainable Development Commission said that couples who have more than two children are “irresponsible.”
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1 comment:

Aussie Therese said...

I think that the aging population is going to see euthanasia introduced to solve this problem.