Talk to your children
Humans are Innovators
Humans are often portrayed as the villains of the planet. Discuss with your children how we are actually innovators.
Teach your children the reality of population dynamics and work to alleviate their fears that the world is over-populated.
Protecting Rights of Families
Discuss with your children the importance of families, and how protecting families, and their right to decide how many children to have, helps protect our society and our planet.
Talk to family members and friends
Use some of the questions from the discussion group to guide your conversation. Or, choose some additional questions from this list:
The Child Decision
Talk to your family members and friends about what guided their decision to have, or not have children.
China's One Child Policy
Discuss how China’s one child policy has impacted that country. (Geo-political, social/cultural, economic impact, etc.).
Low Fertility Rates
Discuss how countries with low fertility rates, like Italy, might be impacted, both socially and economically.
Discuss how you can each help the environment by being more conscious about your consumption of goods and about your waste.
Dangers of Birth Restrictions
Is restricting number of births born to couples an effective way to lower population? Explain the axiom: “Strong economic development and modernization is the best contraceptive.”
Engage the Broader Community
Look for public policies, or currant legislation that effect the decision to have children. Write a letter or call your representative to show your support, or opposition.
Conscious about Environment
Encourage those around you to be more conscious about the environment, and find ways to eliminate excessive consumption and waste.
Encourage support for mothers, and policies (both government and employer) that would allow them to spend more time with their children.
Encouraging Couples to have Children
Find ways to support cultural changes that will encourage couples to have children.
Every family on the planet today could have a house and yard, and all live on a land mass the size of the state of Texas. The math: Texas is 7,494,271,488,000 sq ft divide that by the current world population of 7.8 billion and you get approximately 960 sq ft per person. A family of four would have 3840 sq ft, which is .09 of an acre, enough for a house and small yard.
Thanks to continuing increases in crop yields, the world’s farmers are harvesting hundreds of millions of tons more grain each year on tens of millions acres less land than they did in the 1970s and ’80s. For instance, according to USDA figures, the world was producing 1.9 million metric tons of grain from 579.1 hectares of land (a hectare is 2.47 acres) in 1976. In 2004, we got 3.1 million metric tons of grain from only 517.9 hectares of land. Food production capability continues to increase.
The world is not experiencing a population “explosion,” but a population “implosion.” The overall World Fertility Rate (TFR) has declined over 50 percent in the last 60 years. Over 90 countries and territories have sub-replacement fertility rates.
CIA World Factbook
Countries with fertility rates below the replacement rate of 2.1 children per women, face impending economic crisis, and cultural elimination.
Much of the decline in fertility since 2001 can be explained by changes in the marital composition of the population.
China’s one child policy caused 336 million forced abortions, many of them females, and now China has an excess of 30 million bachelors who will never find brides.
Chinese Health Ministry, 2017
Kuangshi Huang, “Marriage Squeeze in China,” Journal of Family Issues, 35 12 (2014): 1642–1661.
There is no need for population control policies. As countries become more developed and industrialized, fertility drops naturally.
We can all take steps to ensure the environment can support a larger population, for example; eliminating a consumption and waste culture.
Overpopulation is relative to the ability of an economy to provide a decent standard of living, adequate nutrition, and minimize the impact on the environment. Humans are innovators, and have the ability to support larger populations on the Earth.
Don’t Burn Bridges
Civil discourse allows us to build relationships with those with whom we may disagree. You never know when you might find yourself advocating a cause alongside someone you have opposed in the past. It’s a small world.
Differences are part of life, as well as relationships. Bask in those differences and find a way toward common ground. Look for allies everywhere and avoid alienating others.
Treat everyone well, including those who don’t seem relevant to your effort (security guards, service, maintenance workers, etc.). Rudeness is not soon forgotten and kindness and sincere compliments are long remembered.
“People burn their bridges until they realize they’re stranded…and it’s too late.” —Anonymous