RSS Follow Become a Fan

Recent Posts

Voter Suppression 2020 - Defining American Democracy in the Term of Donald Trump
Deepest Sorrow to the Loved Ones of those Killed by COVID-19
Recklessness - the Trump Photo-Op and the Spread of COVID-19 at the White House
The Pandemic and the United States President - Crossing Fate
Stirring up Trouble Without the Capacity to Contain It - the Trump Division

Most Popular Posts

Mourn with Moore
On Partnerships of Conflicting Ideologies as a Force Shaping Extremism
DC Linktank
The World in 2014 - Asia
From This Point


Elections 2013
Friends in Business
Gun control
Immigration Reform
In America
Natural Disaster
The World
Towards 2014


October 2020
September 2020
August 2020
July 2020
June 2020
May 2020
April 2020
March 2020
February 2020
January 2020
December 2019
November 2019
October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013

powered by

My Blog

On the Fallacy of Overpopulation as a Causation of Climate Change

First, let me salute all of the children of the world for being born; welcome to life and welcome to Planet Earth - your presence, your education and your good works will go father than previous generations to ensuring a more sustainable, peaceful and empathetic environment.

Yet, children, as you traverse the corridors of your globe, you'll encounter an often repeated fallacy that claims your births as overpopulation, hence being a causation of Climate Change. Hogwash! Rubbish! 

Though population and alleged overpopulation might be associated with Climate Change, they are not the causes of Climate Change. Climate Change is fueled by the proliferate burning of fossil fuels and certainly not because of a 'bundle-of-joy' being born somewhere on Planet Earth.

This fallacy of population as a causation of most of the world's ills has been edging its way into mainstream-thought ever since 1798, when British Scholar, Thomas Malthus, theorized of a likely population collapse as population increased and the struggle intensified for limited resources. Wars, famines and other calamities were thought to bring population to a collapse. Yet, in more than two-centuries, humanity has kept ahead of any impending population collapse. 

More than anything else, and whether or not Malthus realized it or not, his collapse theory simply explained nature's means of striking a balance between population and resources. 

The Population Bomb, a population crisis work written in the 1960s by American conservation biologist, Paul Ehrlich, of Stanford University, suggested hundreds of millions of people would have died in the 1970s from starvation. That never occurred and according to  wikipedia.org , "Ehrlich has acknowledged that some of what he predicted has not occurred, but maintains that his predictions about disease and climate change were essentially correct (even though the book never mentions climate) and that human overpopulation is a major problem." In the history of humankind, there have been events of wars, famines and diseases. Humanity has still survived.

If overpopulation occurs when a species' population exceeds the carrying capacity of its ecological limit, then Planet Earth is not overpopulated. The world, in spite of its many pressures, has not reached an unsustainable level that threatens total depletion of resources. And population is not the driving factor of Climate Change.

Talk of overpopulation is quickly pointed toward developing nations as though these nations and peoples should stop bearing children. Preposterous! Ehrlich and others would readily admit that developing nations leave the least carbon footprint of all nations and that the culprits driving Climate Change are industrialized developed nations. Thus, high fertility rates cannot be the driving force of Climate Change, but large consumption and use of fossil fuels are rightfully suspect.

Today's children - the likes of Swedish school girl, Greta Thunberg, and others, stand to contribute more via education and technology toward sustaining a healthier environment than any older generation. And if fallible assumptions of overpopulation as a causation of Climate Change were ever heeded to the extreme, Planet Earth would have lost multiple generations of children born to redeem the ills of old and dying men. Here's to all the children - those already born, and those who will be born.