Category Archives: declining population

Empty Subdivisions and Crumbling Infrastructure Could Follow the Population Explosion

With  the population over 7 billion people now, heading for 10 billion by 2050 or so, the earth’s resources will be insufficient, sooner or later, and there will be a period of problems that will result in population collapse.  After that decade (or three) of ever larger natural disasters, epidemics and wars we will be left with vast wildernesses of empty, decaying buildings.  The infrastructure will be, at best, worse than it is now, and nonexistent in some places.  The sprawling subdivisions of North America will be sparsely populated and most houses and buildings will be crumbling with nobody to keep them up, and no money or materials for the task, either.  Freeways will be useful for all kinds of traffic with very few or no cars left.  Fossil fuels will be scarce and too expensive for most people, and walking, cycling, and a revival of horse transportation will become the norm.  When the freeway overpasses crumble and fall people will just use the on and off ramps to go around them.

It is hard, from here, to imagine how the aftermath of the population explosion will play out, but times will certainly be hard.  And still there is no meaningful or constructive public discussion of how we can reduce the birthrate, and news media continue to trumpet big business’s line that growth is essential and that population decline is a thing to be avoided.  That is frightening.

Thanks for reading, and please help people understand how much more important overpopulation is than any of the problems we see daily, almost all of which result from it.  – Tim


Worst Disaster of 2015 Was Missed by Many

The news media report many problems and disasters, but they can miss much.  Dr. Jeff Masters Wunderblog for October 13, 2015, brought to my attention a disaster worse than any others I’ve seen this year, in which smoke from forest clearing fires in Indonesia has covered an area thousands of miles across and is causing the premature deaths of thousands of people.  This is made worse by a developing El Nino weather pattern that is increasingly keeping parts of the tropics much hotter and drier than usual.  This is clearly a huge problem, but what interests me most is what it suggests about the next century as the population explosion “detonates”.  The climate changes we’ve seen so far have been worrisome, but I’m more worried about what will happen as the planet warms, the population grows, and the weather changes still more.  Continue reading

How to Get the Population Point Across? Use Hashtag #StopHavingChildren

What can we do about the population explosion?  We hear about the symptoms every day, but nobody talks about the cause.  The media churns along, reporting on increased concern for conservation, climate change effects, immigration, alternative energy sources, etc., and it is disappointing that they will not discuss what’s behind the problems they discuss every day: the exploding population.  It is easy to feel helpless in the face of such a huge problem, but what can we do? Continue reading

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