How can we curb human population growth?
The most humane and productive way is to increase individual wealth.
There is generally an inverse correlation between income and fertility within and between nations. The higher the degree of education and GDP per capita of a human population, subpopulation or social stratum, the fewer children are born in any industrialized country. In a 1974 UN population conference in Bucharest, Karan Singh, a former minister of population in India, illustrated this trend by stating "Development is the best contraceptive."
The conundrum is in finding and getting to a stable point in competition with “human nature” which tends to be short-sighted as well as selfish. However, lacking a rational scientific approach to sustainability, the “natural processes” of over-extension, famine, disease and war will likely exert their impact whether we want them to or not.
This is a very serious concern, because ultimately, however you enhance life or distribute wealth or create value, it is the increase of total population that creates ALL of the other “environmental” issues with which so many are occupied today.
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