Archive for June, 2019

There are people in this world who are bat shit crazy ignorant about issues around the human population of the earth.  Either that, or they are wilfully perpetuating lies to scare the populace, promote themselves, and feed their over-inflated ego’s.  The likes of Paul Ehrlich, and Prince Charles are just two examples of those who have no credibility in their summations and fantasies regarding “population control”.   But, this notion of overpopulation and population control has actually been going on for a very long time.

In 1798, Thomas Malthus thought the world was overpopulated when world population was under one billion. In his book, An Essay on the Principles of Population, he advocated not supporting the poor and controlling the population. He was wrong.

When world population was about 1.3 billion, Charles Darwin, who’s Theory of Evolution was based on Malthus’ book, thought the struggle for survival would cause the extinction of underdeveloped cultures by developed peoples. He was wrong.

Francis Galton, creator of Eugenics, the so-called science of improving the human race, thought the African races were so inferior genetically that Chinese should be settled in Africa to drive the Negro races to extinction and replace them. He was wrong.

See Kaykiser’s full post. It’s definitely worth a read.

Firstly, there is no population crisis, as per Hans Rosling.

So, do we have enough space for everyone? Here is the entire world’s population piled up within the Grand Canyon. I thought it would be bigger, but there you go.

7 billion people grand canyon

For those who think we do need to do something to help with “over”population, there is an historically proven way to successfully stabilise human population.  Ironically, the answer is also very positive for every one in the world.


Who would have thought? No need for any of those forced sterilisations, nasty Eugenics, or one child policies. Just help nations stand on their own two feet financially, and bingo,  their birth rate will reduce naturally as their prosperity improves.

In 2002, Seth Norton, a business economics professor at Wheaton College in Illinois, published a remarkably interesting study on the inverse relationship between prosperity and fertility. Norton compared fertility rates of over 100 countries with their index rankings for economic freedom and another index for the rule of law. “Fertility rate is highest for those countries that have little economic freedom and little respect for the rule of law,” wrote Norton. “The relationship is a powerful one. Fertility rates are more than twice as high in countries with low levels of economic freedom and the rule of law compared to countries with high levels of those measures.”

See full article at Reason

The developed nations of the world should be doing everything possible to help the rest of the worlds people become more prosperous.  This will stabilise the world’s population, improve education, and, make available more time and money to clean up and preserve our environment. The vast majority of prosperous nations have a very good record for environmental protection (with only a few exceptions), and conversely, the poorest nations usually have the worst practices for environmental protection (again with only a few exceptions).

I only see a wins in all directions. Well, maybe not for those Despots who usually profit from keeping their populace destitute and struggling, or those well paid bureaucrats working comfortably at the UN approving funds to said despots. But for the rest, a win for the people, a win for the environment, and a win for the planet (just in case you think Gaia cares).

So, the next time you are talking with your elected parliamentary member, maybe ask them how our foreign aid is directly (and not though the UN) helping other nations infrastructure, economic freedoms, and their self generated prosperity.  And maybe suggest this should be the principal use of our financial help.

In recent years the Australian Federal government has done exactly that , and is helping the pacific Islands with infrastructure progams and other aide to help them become more prosperous.


Update 18/11/19

Notable book on how population will soon be declining. “Empty Planet”. Got to Authors interview.

This is what environmentalist’s should be advocating.

Australia has vast reserves of Uranium.  It makes sense to use it. We will not be the lucky country for very long with while continuing to install costly unreliable wind and solar.