Blame overconsumption, not overpopulation
I REFER to thee letter from Dick Joness ( The Witness, May 18).8). Ar-Arguing that overpopu-population is the problem,blem, while being partrt of the wealthy 20%% of the global popula-ulation that uses 80%% of the planet’s re-resources, is thehe height of denial-alism.
Overconsumptiontion not overpopulationion is the greater problem.blem. This scary realityeality frightens most over-overconsumers to death.death. They have to findd someone else to blame so theyy create a bogeyman, an imaginary enemy,y, and trot out rhetoric to justify their opulentlent lifestyle.
It’s a proven factact that one of the most effective ways to lower population growth and reduce poverty is to provide adequate education for girls and boys. Countries in which more children are enrolled in school, even at the pprimary level, tend to have strikinglystriking lower fertilitytility rates. Female education is especially important.imp Researchsearch consisconsistently shows that womenwom who are empoweredempow throughthr educationtio tend to haveha fewer childrench and haveha them later.
FoodF prices haveha risen dramatically.ma Food cropscr are used for biofuels to powerpow motor vehicleshicle creating food shortages. Climate changecha is also caused by overconsumption of resources by the 20%. But people continuecont to shout the overpopulation myth from the rooftops of their green, leafy suburbs in pious indignation.
ANDREW TAYNTON Shongweni