Is Earth Overpopulated?

There are too many people in the world.

This is a common statement I see on forums and comment pages, hear in conversions and pseudo-debates in bars and with friends. When I actually ask them to explain their position their logic reveals itself to be circular. That is, ‘it’s just obvious, isn’t it?’

Now I happen to know the majority of people do not actually think. They react to stimuli, like lab rats. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that the majority of the position’s the unwashed masses have are actually imprinted by the State and Corporate Media, and at no point actually reflect conclusions brought by their own investigation and research.

Again, excuses spill forth. ‘I don’t have time for that’, ‘I’ve got better things to do’, ‘I’m not interested’.

(And people wonder why I am a misanthropist.)

So, in this little article I want to touch briefly on the subject of ‘overpopulation’. I’ve seen this come up on articles talking about the biofuels scam contributing to mass starvation in developing countries, and increasing wealth stripping from developed ones. But no matter, reducing C02 (that pesky gas responsible for enabling photosynthesis, and which constitutes about 35 parts in 100,000 of the atmosphere) is more important than millions of lives. Why? Because that box in your living room said so.

‘Yeah well there are too many people in the world anyway’.

The conversations I’ve experienced regarding population are generally based on emotions and imprinted statements, not logic, research and critical thinking. But television use destroys critical thinking, so I expect nothing less.

Why do people subscribe to the overpopulation position so easily? Apart from the issue of imprinting, there is the issue of location. Increasingly, more and more people are living in urban centres, which by definition are built up, densely populated areas.

These people look out of their windows and see nothing but flats, houses and more people. So they assume they are too many people. Because right in front of them, are a lot of people. Just look at this map of London.

Again, it shows lack of thinking. If they lived here, their initial opinion may be a bit different.

The final issue is based on the television again, and the images of poverty stricken third world nations. No food, no clean water, abject desolation. Somehow people assume that it is because of population. Third world birthrates are the highest in the world, but there is a reason for that I’ll get to later (and Neo-Malthusians ignore.)

Anyway, let’s look at the statement ‘the world is overpopulated’. First we need to get some numbers. Continue reading