It all sounds persuasive: the natural resources we depend on for our existence are finite, but the human population is increasing. At some point, Mother Earth will have been raped and pillaged by humanity to such a degree that we will live in utter misery — or more likely starve to death — on a barren, infertile planet. The prescription for avoiding this apocalypse is pretty straightforward: we need fewer people on the planet and we need them to consume less.
Quite apart from the unpalatable policies that would ensue, such as food rationing, one-child procreation limits or even sterilisation programmes, there is a serious flaw at the heart of the doom-mongers’ analysis. Namely that their predictions have been proven wrong time and time again and are wrong again now.
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