Sustainable Population Australia, national president, Sandra Kanck said this week that Australia's 22 million people must be reduced to 7 million and that restricting each couple to one baby, as China does, is "one way of assisting to reduce the population" and avoiding "environmental suicide."
Population increase, she said, means, "more cars on the road, more coal-fired electricity generated. It entails more houses and other consumer products. It uses more cement, energy and water which all results in more greenhouse gas emissions."
Population increase is not to blame for increased resource use but rather the increase in number of households and over indulgent lifestyles are to blame. House size has increased over the past 20 to 30 years while the number of people living in those houses has decreased as Australia's families have fewer and fewer children. This means that larger rooms need to be heated and cooled while fewer people live in them.
Divorce is another cause of increased greenhouse emissions. A single household of six becomes two households of three when families are split apart. More underpopulated households means an inefficient use of resources and increased greenhouse gases.
Stephen Mosher, President of the Population Research Institute, responded to Kanck's proposal, saying that to suggest that Australia is overpopulated stretches the imagination.
"The Radical Environmentalists in Australia, as everywhere else, think of people as a pestilence. They are determined to reduce their number, even if this means adopting China's one-child policy, with its forced restrictions on birth. And even if this means destroying the economy, and condemning the elderly to a hand-to-mouth existence as the pension funds go belly up." Australia's most pressing "population problem," is "too few people." "I'm actually more than happy for the radical enviros to voluntarily adopt a one-child policy - they have, for the most part, already done so - but they shouldn't try and impose it on the rest of us."
Despite Australia's economic success, some have warned that population implosion is looming with the country's shrinking birth rate and reliance on immigration to sustain its work force. Gail Instance, the head of Australia's Family Life International, has said,
"Common sense tells us that we are committing national suicide. We had better make up our minds about who we want to give this country to--since we don't seem to want it ourselves."
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