Corey Bradshaw and Barry Brook conducted a new study stating; population control by itself cannot resolve the imperative environmental issues and consumption must be reduced. The study is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The population itself cannot avert the alarming global environmental crisis. The planet’s population is so massive that even a significant reduction in Global Birthrates will have a little impact on the climate and environmental issues that the humans are facing throughout the course of this century.
That’s why, there are too many people for population control to make much short-term difference. Though, if we are to survive as a species, we need to quickly point out the importance of population control. Even though, we managed to control the global birth rate by 50% next year, we will be still facing mammoth environmental issues in the coming years. The major cause is the increasing wealth and the associated consumption of resources.
Certainly, the massive increase in population of the Earth will leads to clearing forests for agriculture, increased urbanization, the extinction of wildlife species, increased pollution, and climate change. Although, it’s not the increase in population that is causing strain on the environment, but the urbanization of the population, which is a major source, affecting the fragile ecological balance of the planet. As compared to an agrarian lifestyle, the urban lifestyle is more resource intensive. The environment is oppressing at a visibly unsustainable rate in order to meet the demands of this quickly growing urban class.
“We have gone past the point where we can do it easily, just by the sheer magnitude of the population, what we call the demographic momentum. We just can’t stop it fast enough. Even draconian measures for fertility control still won’t arrest that growth rate – we’re talking century-scale reductions rather than decadal scale, because of the magnitude,” Prof Corey Bradshaw from the University of Adelaide said.
Our study concluded that the effective family planning and reproduction education globally could mark the difference in order to restrain the size of the human population and assuage the pressure on resource availability over the long term. Though, our great-great-great-great grandchildren might ultimately benefit from such planning, but people alive today will not,” Prof Barry Brook from the University of Tasmania said.