Are you gloomy about Britain? Are you gloomy about this planet of ours?
We approach our referendum on our place in Europe and one of the hot potatoes, if not the hottest potato, is immigration. From Europe but also the world. On top we have a refugee crisis issuing from the Middle East. A crowded country becoming even more tight packed.
But are these symptoms of a larger malaise?
Do you think we are over populating the earth? That we will inevitably drain it of resources, starve or dehydrate ourselves through too many mouths to feed? Should we be actively trying to slow population growth?
You will see many pieces that have this posit at their core. Here’s one from a couple of years ago.
There is a lot of evidence to support it. And I for one believe that, just now, we are overwhelming different elements of the planet – the number of species disappearing at an alarming rate, for instance, surely suggests something isn’t working.
Yet there is another view. Which is that by focusing on stopping population growth we place ourselves in a situation where sooner rather than later everywhere will be like Italy with a shrinking aging population unable to renew itself, unable to support itself. As this video from a few years ago suggests.
Me, I’m not sure. I see the maths for a slowing growth but will that tipping point be reached before we guzzle our planet to death? Hope so. Actually, meliorist that I am, I suspect so.
And here’s a poem for such a situation.