Article on Declining US Birthrate Misses Most Important Reason


(reposted from my rant blog – Tim)

I just read an article purporting to give the reason young people in the United States are having fewer children than they used to and, while the arguments they give are reasonable and probably correct, they completely missed an important reason that I have heard some young people give: they don’t want to have kids who will inevitably suffer the disastrous consequences of the population explosion.  While this motivation may not be shared by the majority (yet), the number who understand human civilization’s greatest challenge ever is growing.  To me that suggests there is hope, as people need to be working on curbing population growth now, and that perhaps at least some of the worst predictions will be avoided or mitigated to have less damaging effects.  It’s only a small glimmer, and it still seems that our economic systems (like our reproductive ones) are aimed directly at creating disasters of global scale, but any hope at this point is more than welcome.  Please work against the population explosion by supporting family planning and economic aid to the poor, both inside the United States and worldwide.  If we don’t drastically reduce human birthrates our grandchildren will see energy and food become un-affordable or unavailable, among other possibly-worse things.

Thanks for reading.  — Tim

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